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Title:Inventing Africa in the twentieth century: cultural imagination, politics and transnationalism in 'Drum' magazine
Author:Odhiambo, TomISNI
Periodical:African Studies
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subsaharan Africa
African identity
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:The magazine known today as 'Drum' was launched in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1951, as 'The African Drum', and was originally aimed specifically at black African readers. It was the first transnational popular publication in English to be published and widely circulated in Anglophone Africa in both colonial and postcolonial eras. The present paper examines how the media and cultural legacy of 'Drum' can be 'rerouted' to its original and founding ideal of an 'African Drum' as opposed to just 'Drum'. It uses archival material from 'Drum' editions from the 1950s onwards, focusing on material that dealt with topics from East and Central Africa, to illustrate the various ways in which the magazine was involved in a project of 'culturally and politically imagining and inventing' Africa from around the mid-1950s onwards. The paper underlines the importance of examining the prose text of 'Drum' as a source of knowledge about the different ways in which black Africans thought of, imagined and wrote about themselves and their cultural and political identities in the latter decades of the 20th century across parts of Anglophone Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]