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Songs Of Political Discourse During The Ujamaa Epoch (1967–1985)

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The Arusha Declaration was made by Julius Nyerere on 5 February 1967, outlining the principles of Ujamaa to develop the nations economy. The declaration called for an overhaul of the economic system, through African socialism and selfreliance. Most of the songs in this chapter are about socialism, designed to praise the ruling political party and its leaders. The chapter contains songs that critique TANU and the CCM. To complain about the policies and actions of TANU and the CCM could elicit swift retribution from the security forces, with jail time a frequent occurrence for several of the singers featured, namely Kalikali Mbagule. Yet these singers really cared about their country and the freedoms promised them by their government, and felt it was their right and duty to put into words their grievances.

Keywords: political discourse; socialism; TANU; ujamaa villages



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