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The Road, The Song And The Citizen: Singing After Violence In Kwa Zulu-Natal

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This chapter explores the ways in which singer and song play a role in enabling the imagining of citizenship in the post-apartheid era in South Africa. The author focuses on groups of performers of the genre isicathamiya in the city of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, and in the districts to the south of the city. The acts of singing which the ariter tracks from the later era of the early 2000's often look forward to the future and engage with the present rather than the past. Yet their strong engagement with the making of new citizens and with ideas of citizenship - which include in many songs ideas of masculinity and what constitutes the good man. The anxiety about women's sexuality surfaced many times in the songs of the isicathamiya groups that clustered around KwaMadlala Hall.

Keywords: isicathamiya groups; Kwamadlala hall; KwaZulu-Natal; Pietermaritzburg; south africa



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