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Kwaito's PromiseMusic and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa$
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Gavin Steingo

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226362403

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226362687.001.0001

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The Struggle of Freedom

The Struggle of Freedom

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(p.1) One The Struggle of Freedom
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Kwaito's Promise
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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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