Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid by Louise Meintjes,TJ Lemon

By Louise Meintjes,TJ Lemon

In Dust of the Zulu Louise Meintjes lines the political and aesthetic importance of ngoma, a aggressive kind of dance and track that emerged out of the legacies of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Contextualizing ngoma inside of South Africa's heritage of violence, migrant hard work, the HIV epidemic, and the area song marketplace, Meintjes follows a group ngoma group and its specialist subgroup throughout the two decades after apartheid's finish. She intricately ties aesthetics to politics, embodiment to the voice, and masculine anger to eloquence and virtuosity, concerning the visceral event of ngoma performances as they embrace the expanse of South African historical past. Meintjes additionally exhibits how ngoma is helping construct group, domesticate dependable manhood, and supply its individuals with a method to reconcile South Africa's previous with its postapartheid destiny. Dust of the Zulu contains over one hundred photographs of ngoma performances, the bulk taken through award-winning photojournalist TJ Lemon.

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