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

Gavin Steingo


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 post-apartheid period. It investigates the often contradictory relationship between political processes and musical processes during the first twenty years of South African democracy (1994-2014)—a period that began with a euphoric and hopeful moment but that quickly led to disenchantment and even despair. Contemporary South Africa is marked by high rates of unemployment, extreme inequality, and endemic crime. ... More

Keywords: kwaito, postapartheid, apartheid, aesthetics, democracy, freedom, equality, Jacques Rancière

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226362403
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226362687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin Steingo, author
University of Pittsburgh