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Melissa Parkhurst (Music) on “Song Gives Birth to Struggle: Music and the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa”

April 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Trevor Noah grew up in a South Africa that was, and continues to be, profoundly shaped by the legacy of apartheid.  Join us to explore how music in South Africa sheds light on indigenous cultures and the processes of colonialism & post-colonialism.  We will listen to: marabi (early South African jazz), isicathamiya (a cappella music, performed by migrant workers living in urban hostiles), and numerous genres that emerged during the anti-apartheid struggle, 1948-1994.  We’ll take a look at how government-imposed curfews on black Africans led to shebeens (illegal drinking establishments), the types of music that emerged in townships (government ghettos), the forced exile of many musicians, how people used song after the Sharpeville Massacre, the use of music by youth who were training in the countryside for guerilla warfare, and the toti-toyi that was used to express solidarity and intimidate the police during large street rallies. Hosted by the WSU Pullman Common Reading Program.


April 28, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Zoom (Meeting ID: 915 5167 3456)
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