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Kwaito's Promise: Music and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa

Gavin Steingo

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226362403
eISBN:
9780226362687
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362687.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book examines kwaito, a form of electronic music that emerged alongside the democratization of South Africa in the mid-1990s and came to represent the voice of the black youth in the ... More


The Struggle of Freedom

Gavin Steingo

in Kwaito's Promise: Music and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226362403
eISBN:
9780226362687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362687.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter introduces kwaito, describing its fundamental musical processes. It lays out the book’s main thesis that kwaito is less a form of escapism than a doubling of sensory reality, and then ... More


Kwaito and the Culture of AIDS in South Africa

Gavin Steingo

in The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing Through Music and the Arts

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199744473
eISBN:
9780190268183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.003.0029
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter explores the triangular relationship between sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and popular music in South Africa by focusing on the musical genre known as kwaito. Kwaito is a form of electronic dance ... More


Electronic Music and the Problem of Electricity

Gavin Steingo

in Audible Infrastructures: Music, Sound, Media

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780190932633
eISBN:
9780190932671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190932633.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

For the past twenty years, South African popular music has been dominated by electronic genres such as house, kwaito, and hip-hop—especially among the Black population living in and around major ... More


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