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Dust of the Zulu : Ngoma aesthetics after Apartheid / Louise Meintjes ; with photographs by TJ Lemon.

Author/Creator:
Meintjes, Louise, 1960- author.
Publication:
Durham : Duke University Press, 2017.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (353 pages) : illustrations, photographs
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Subjects:
Ngoma (Drum) music -- Social aspects -- South Africa.
Zulu (African people) -- Music -- Social aspects -- South Africa.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
In Dust of the Zulu Louise Meintjes traces the political and aesthetic significance of ngoma, a competitive form of dance and music that emerged out of the legacies of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Contextualizing ngoma within South Africa's history of violence, migrant labor, the HIV epidemic, and the world music market, Meintjes follows a community ngoma team and its professional subgroup during the twenty years after apartheid's end. She intricately ties aesthetics to politics, embodiment to the voice, and masculine anger to eloquence and virtuosity, relating the visceral experience of ngoma performances as they embody the expanse of South African history. Meintjes also shows how ngoma helps build community, cultivate responsible manhood, and provide its participants with a means to reconcile South Africa's past with its postapartheid future. Dust of the Zulu includes over one hundred photographs of ngoma performances, the majority taken by award-winning photojournalist TJ Lemon.
Contents:
The politics of participation in Ngoma song and dance
Turning to be kissed: praise, flirtation, and the work of men
The unwavering voice: affect, eloquence, and the moral anger of men
Feet of the centipede: military aesthetics and the politics of reconciliation
To quell the dancer's dust: singing violence during South Africa's transition
The crossing: world music and Ngoma at home
Dancing around disease: silence, ambiguity, and brotherhood
The digital homestead: having a voice and the sound of marginalization
Brokering the body: culture, heritage, and the pleasure of participation
Closing: Ngoma's masculinity, South Africa's struggle.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
Contributor:
Lemon, T. J., photographer.
ISBN:
0-8223-7363-7
OCLC:
1143635157
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780822373636 doi