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Title:Issues in ethnomusicology as human science
Author:Tsoubaloko, Francois Haipinge
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:traditional music
cultural heritage
Abstract:This article discusses the importance of traditional music and dance in African society in general and in Namibia in particular. Music and dance are key features of the national cultural heritage and a source of cultural identity. Other cultural expressions include indigenous languages, dress, traditional architecture, manufacturing or crafts, ritual, healings, labour, beverage and dishes. Most of these aspects of traditional society are in decline. Young people in Namibia and elsewhere consider indigenous cultural expressions as things of the past, archaic, childish and non-sense. Most music performed in the country is now based on foreign genres such as kwaito, R&B, reggae, kwasa-kwasa and kizomba. Since independence, almost nobody has made an effort to create a contemporary music style based on Namibian traditional music. The author emphasizes that traditional arts can play a useful role in the eco-tourism industry, provided the negative aspects such as language erosion, loss of meaning and prostitution can be avoided. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]