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Title:Muchongoyo and Mugabeism in Zimbabwe
Author:Perman, Tony
Year:2017
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:60
Issue:1
Pages:145-170
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:dance
drumming
Ndau
nationalism
political conditions
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2017.4
Abstract:This article explores the influence of nationalism and modernity in contemporary Zimbabwe and on the musical lives of Zimbabweans through an examination of 'muchongoyo', the signature dance-drumming tradition of Zimbabwe's Ndau communities. Invoking the concept of 'Mugabeism', it illustrates how Shona nationalism and expectations of modernity have partially reshaped 'muchongoyo' in the turmoil of contemporary Zimbabwe. As indigenous practices serve political ends, their values shift. Consequently, there are now two 'muchongoyos': one rooted in the unique history and values of Zimbabwe's Ndau community, the other emerging from decades of political employment of indigenous music for the sake of nationalist discourse. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]

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