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Popular music, identity and politics in a colonial urban space: The case of Mwanza, Tanzania (1945-1961)

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This chapter aims to contribute to the recent historiography which attempts to understand the complex relationship between leisure, popular culture, identity and politics in Mwanza, Tanzania in colonial urban Africa. The focus is on Mwanza, on the shore of Lake Victoria (North-Western Tanzania), in the space of a relatively short period of time, that is, from the end of the Second World War up to independence in 1961. This contribution particularly concentrates on the 1950s, when the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU, formed in 1954 in succession of the Tanganyika African Association, TAA) openly demanded independence. In those years, cultural institutions and leisure activitiessuch as music performances and football matchesbecame highly politicised.

Keywords: colonial urban Africa; cultural identity; Mwanza; politics; popular music; Tanganyika African Association (TAA); Tanganyika African National Union (TANU); Tanzania



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