In memory of Madiba: Mandela as a reggaematical cultural icon

Henry, William Anthony (2018) In memory of Madiba: Mandela as a reggaematical cultural icon. In: 'Groundings between Brothers & Sisters. Continental and Transnational Africans in Dialogue’, Williams, E. (ed). Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK, pp. 1-22. (In Press)

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The chapter makes known the seminal role Madiba, Nelson Mandela, played in conscientising many black communities across the ‘Black Atlantic’ (Gilroy 1993), through the lens of Reggae music, before his release. The reason for doing so is that in Reggae culture the name Mandela is synonymous with the wider black/African struggles against myriad forms of white domination. Moreover, several Reggae performers have for decades made songs about South Africa, and its iconographic status, as an exemplar of white racist inequity; yet many of these songs remain unknown in the wider public arena. Of equal importance is overstanding the role these songs played in the education of the African Diaspora, creating a dialogic space where tales of resistance and transcendence could be exchanged.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Social sciences > Communication and culture
Music > Musicology > Popular music
Social sciences
Depositing User: William Anthony Henry
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 12:58
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:10

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