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Title:Popular Songs and Social Realities in Post-Independence Zimbabwe
Author:Vambe, Maurice T.
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Architecture and the Arts
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
Abstract:The analysis of popular songs in postindependence Zimbabwe has received little attention. The few analyses that have been attempted remain fragmentary and notoriously insist on a uniform world view of the singers. This article analyses popular songs of Zimbabwe in Shona, Ndebele and English. It argues that at independence in 1980, the nationalist government was still determined to control and direct the content of popular songs. But the plurality of the singers' responses, their refusal to conform to a single definition of the idea of independence, indicates what was distinctively 'popular' in the songs. In the 1990s, there was a shift from public themes to comments about individual relationships between women and men. Some male and female singers of the 1990s projected the image of women as 'dangerous' and 'loose'. These artists were countered by a more radical tradition of female singers. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French.