By Mhoze Chikowero
In this new heritage of song in Zimbabwe, Mhoze Chikowero deftly makes use of African assets to interrogate the copious colonial archive, analyzing it as a confessional voice alongside and opposed to the grain to write down a fancy heritage of song, colonialism, and African self-liberation. Chikowero's booklet starts off within the Eighteen Nineties with missionary crusades opposed to African performative cultures and African scholars being inducted into undertaking bands, which contextualize the tune of segregated city and mining corporation dance halls within the Nineteen Thirties, and he builds genealogies of the Chimurenga tune later popularized by means of guerrilla artists like Dorothy Masuku, Zexie Manatsa, Thomas Mapfumo, and others within the Seventies. Chikowero exhibits how Africans deployed their tune and indigenous wisdom structures to struggle for his or her freedom from British colonial domination and to claim their cultural sovereignty.
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