The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing Through Music and the Arts

The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing Through Music and the Arts

by Gregory Barz, Judah M. Cohen

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The Culture of AIDS in Africa enters into the many worlds of expression brought forth across this vast continent by the ravaging presence of HIV/AIDS. Africans and non-Africans, physicians and social scientists, journalists and documentarians share here a common and essential interest in understanding creative expression in crushing and uncertain times. They investigate and engage the social networks, power relationships, and cultural structures that enable the arts to convey messages of hope and healing, and of knowledge and good counsel to the wider community. And from Africa to the wider world, they bring intimate, inspiring portraits of the performers, artists, communities, and organizations that have shared with them their insights and the sense they have made of their lives and actions from deep within this devastating epidemic. Covering the wide expanse of the African continent, the 30 chapters include explorations of, for example, the use of music to cope with AIDS; the relationship between music, HIV/AIDS, and social change; visual approaches to HIV literacy; radio and television as tools for "edutainment;" several individual artists' confrontations with HIV/AIDS; various performance groups' response to the epidemic; combating HIV/AIDS with local cultural performance; and more. Source material, such as song lyrics and interviews, weaves throughout the collection, and contributions by editors Gregory Barz and Judah M. Cohen bookend the whole, to bring together a vast array of perspectives and sources into a nuanced and profoundly affective portrayal of the intricate relationship between HIV/AIDS and the arts in Africa.

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ISBN-13: 9780199780037
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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About the Author

Gregory Barz is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Graduate Dept. of Religion, and African American Studies at Vanderbilt University. His publications include Singing for Life: Music and HIV/AIDS in Uganda (Routledge, 2005); Performing Religion: Negotiating Past and Present in Kwaya Music of Tanzania (Rodopi, 2003), and Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology, Second Edition (co-editor with Timothy Cooley, OUP, 2008). Judah M. Cohen is the Lou and Sybil Mervis Professor of Jewish Culture and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He is the author of Through the Sands of Time: A History of the Jewish Community of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (Brandeis/University Press of New England, 2004).

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Culture of AIDS: Hope and Healing Through the Arts in Africa Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen Interlude 2. Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing, and HIV/AIDS in Uganda, CD liner notes Gregory Barz Part 1 - Reports from the Field 3. Born in Africa - Transcript John Zaritsky 4. Tears Run Dry: Coping with AIDS through Music in Zimbabwe Ric Alviso 5. Singing in the Shadow of Death: African Musicians Respond to a Pandemic with Songs of Sorrow, Resistance, Advocacy, and Hope Jonah Eller-Isaacs 6. Music, HIV/AIDS, and Social Change in Nairobi, Kenya Kathleen Van Buren Interlude 7. Song Lyrics from Nyimbo za Edzi [Songs about AIDS] Jack Allison Part 2 - HIV/AIDS and the Arts: First Person 8. Using Music to Combat AIDS and Other Public Health Issues in Malawi E. Jackson Allison, Jr., Lawrence H. Brown III, Susan E. Wilson 9. Visual Approaches to HIV Literacy in South Africa Annabelle Wienand 10. Ngoma Dialogue Circles (Ngoma-DiCe): Combating HIV/AIDS Using Local Cultural Performance in Kenya Leonard Mjomba Interlude 11. To Sing of AIDS in Uganda Judah Cohen Part 3 - HIV/AIDS and the Arts: Campaigns and Responses 12. AIDS Poster Campaigns in Malawi Eckhard Breitinger 13. Contemporary Usses of the Musical Arts in Botswana's HIV/AIDS Health Education Initiatives Abimbola Cole 14. "We are the Loudmouthed HIV-Positive People": "Siyayinqoba/Beat It!" On South African Television Rebecca Hodes 15. "C'est le Wake Up! Africa": Two Cases of International HIV/AIDS Edutainment Campaigns in Francophone Africa Dnaiel B. Reed 16. Singing Songs of AIDS in Venda, South Africa: Performance, Pollution, and Ethnomusicology in a Neo-Liberal Setting Deborah James and Fraser McNeill Interlude 17. "Let's Get Together" (Namirembe Post-Test Club) Part 4 - Case Studies: Single Works and Artists 18. Aesthetics and Activism: Gideon Mendel and the Politics of Photographing the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in South Africa Michael Godby 19. A Lady Who is an Akadongo Player: Singing Traditionally to Overturn Traditional Authority Rebekah Emanuel 20. "What Shall We Do?": Oliver Mtukudzi's Songs about HIV/AIDS Jennifer W. Kyker 21. Swahili AIDS Plays: A Challenge to the Aristotelian Theory on Tragedy Aldin Mutembei 22. Confronting AIDS Through Popular Music Cultures in Kenya Mellitus Wanyama and Joseph Basil Okong'o Interlude 23. Grassroots Organizing and Celebrity Campaigns: The Arts and AIDS Activism in Morocco Jeffrey Callen Part 5 - Case Studies: Performance Groups 24. Siphithemba - We Give Hope: Song and Resilience in a South African Zulu HIV/AIDS Struggle Austin Chinagorom Okigbo 25. Young and Wise in Ghana: A Musical Response to AIDS Angela Scharfenberger 26. Singing as Social Order: The Expressive Economy of AIDS in Mbarara, Uganda Judah Cohen 27. "I'm a Rich Man, How Can I Die?": Circus Performances as a Means of HIV/AIDS Education in Ethiopia Leah Niederstadt Interlude 28. Interview with VOLSET Youth Drama Group Part 6 - Popular Media and Politics 29. Kwaito and the Culture of AIDS in South Africa Gavin Steingo 30. Positive Disturbance: Tafash, Twig, HIV/AIDS, and Hip Hop in Uganda Gregory Barz and Gerald C. Liu 31. "Edzi ndi dolo" ("AIDS in Mighty"): Singing HIV/AIDS in Malawi, 1980-2008 John Chipembere Lwanda 32. Representing HIV/AIDS in Africa: Pluralist Photography and Local Empowerment Roland Bleiker and Amy Kay Interlude 33. "Interlude" Patricia Tang About the Authors References Index

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