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The Struggle of Freedom

The Struggle of Freedom

Chapter:
(p.1) One The Struggle of Freedom
Source:
Kwaito's Promise
Author(s):
Gavin Steingo
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226362687.003.0001

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 situates that argument theoretically within music studies, aesthetics, and political theory. As an introductory text, the chapter also provides relevant history related to South African music and politics and reflects on my approach as a white ethnographer in the intensely racialized environment of post-apartheid South Africa.

Keywords:   kwaito, aesthetics, escapism, democracy, equality, Jacques Rancière, Étienne Balibar

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