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Title:The African Musician and the Development of the Johannesburg Entertainment Industry, 1900-1960
Author:Coplan, David B.
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African identity
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
Architecture and the Arts
Abstract:This study is primarily concerned with the music and musicians of a self-conscious urban community: Africans who were of Johannesburg and not merely in it. Purposes are: 1) to explore the role of certain forms of cultural expression in the emergence of urban African identity and social order; 2) to outline the nature of the conflict between the African performing community and white commercial and political agencies over control of these performances and the qualities of identity they expressed. The development of urban African performing arts and the struggle for cultural autonomy have involved all of South Africa's growing urban centres. But as the centre of South Africa's entertainment industry and the major location of the author's research, Johannesburg serves as an example and a focus for the sociohistorical analysis presented here. Notes.