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Songs Of Nationalist Praise For TANU, Julius Nyerere, And Uhuru

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This chapter contains songs that celebrate Tanganyikan African National Union (TANU), and their fight for and subsequent victory over colonialism. Sukuma farmers responded with song. Singing at the cotton farm was not private escape or false consciousness, but transformative and empowering action. The majority of these songs castigate the colonial leaders, and tell them to be on their way back to their home country. They ask Julius Nyerere to be vigilant in his fight and in his newly won freedom. The three songs in this chapter are in praise of Paul Bomani, the early TANU leader, civil rights leader, and cotton cooperative organizer who rose to prominence in the 1950s. The other two songs in the chapter discusses the two issues that Sukuma farmers were complaining about most at that time, mandatory destocking, and the use of fertilizers.

Keywords: Julius Nyerere; nationalist praise; Tanganyikan African National Union (TANU)



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