Music as Instrument of Diversity and Unity: Notes on a Namibian Landscape

Music as Instrument of Diversity and Unity: Notes on a Namibian Landscape

Music as Instrument of Diversity and Unity: Notes on a Namibian Landscape

Music as Instrument of Diversity and Unity: Notes on a Namibian Landscape

Synopsis

Based on a decade of field research undertaken mainly in the north and central areas of Namibia since 1993, this report poses questions about fundamental purposes of music-making, and the conscious response of people to the contemporary Namibian socio-political situation. It provides a broad overview of music emanating from different cultural practices in Namibia, and relates this to the State's political strategies for ensuring unity and nation-building through policy-making, education and broadcast media. The changes that occur in musical practices are seen as strategic cultural choices and ongoing identity-formation.
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