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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:'Men Between': the role of Zambian broadcasters in decolonisation
Author:Heinze, Robert
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 1465-3893)
Volume:40
Issue:4
Pages:623-640
Language:English
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:broadcasting
radio
media history
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03057070.2014.909663
Abstract:This article traces the history of a group of Zambian broadcasters who established the first radio station in the country and made their mark on broadcasting for years to come. It describes their contribution to modern Zambian culture and to nationalist mobilization. African broadcasters developed formats, ways of presenting and choices of music that appealed to Zambian listeners and established new, authentically local styles. While radio quickly established itself as an integral part of everyday life and culture in the colony, its effect was highly ambivalent. Broadcasters at the same time undermined and enforced the colonial project of using the medium as a transmitter of modernization ideology. The article explores Thomas Turino's characterization of this team as 'cosmopolitans' and shows how they were influenced by BBC ideas of journalism and modernization ideology. To do so, it analyses the relationships African broadcasters had with Europeans in senior positions and with colonial and postcolonial governments. This shared value system brought these Zambian broadcasters into conflict with the post-independence government and its plans to bureaucratise radio, despite their nationalist commitment and strong support for the United National Independence Party (UNIP) before independence. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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