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Title:A Feeling of Prejudice: Orpheus M. McAdoo and the Virginia Jubilee Singers in South Africa, 1890-1898
Author:Erlmann, VeitISNI
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:race relations
popular music
Ethnic and Race Relations
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2636480
Abstract:Orpheus M. McAdoo and the Virginia Jubilee Singers, a group of Afro-American musicians, spent almost five years in South Africa between 1890 and 1898. Although the troupe had not always met with friendly treatment in other countries, the kind of racial bias that awaited them upon arrival in Cape Town in mid-June 1890, was without parallel. This article describes their programme (hymns, ballads, glees and songs as well as dances and acrobatic acts); how they were able to communicate with any type of black and white audience, staid Dutch people as well; and how they succeeded in sending young aspiring Africans to America to obtain the benefits of a university education (a.o. Charlotte Manye). It also describes the harassment they experienced by officially sanctioned discrimination and the problems they met despite their 'honourary white' status. The Jubilee Singers left South Africa in 1898, their legacy living on in South African black performing arts. Bibliogr., notes, ref.