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Gogo Breeze: Zambia's Radio Elder and the Voices of Free Speech

Harri Englund

Abstract

When Breeze FM Radio, in the provincial Zambian town of Chipata, hired an elderly retired school teacher in 2003, no one anticipated the skyrocketing success that would follow. A self-styled grandfather on air, Gogo Breeze seeks intimacy over the airwaves and dispenses advice on a wide variety of grievances and transgressions by using idiomatic Chinyanja / Chichewa. Multiple voices are broadcast and juxtaposed through call-ins and dialogue, but free speech finds its ally in the radio elder who, by allowing people to be heard and supporting their claims, reminds authorities of their obligations ... More

Keywords: free speech, radio, Zambia, ethnography, voice, public sphere, multivocal morality, elderhood, obligation, Chinyanja / Chichewa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226498768
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226499093.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harri Englund, author
University of Cambridge