n Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies - Cultural production in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 1984 -1991

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-0046



Using a naturalistic paradigm my research explores influences on cultural policies and production in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe during the decade after Independence. The work is based on published documents, unpublished archives and the lived experience. It is intended that the outcome of the research should be useful primarily to a new generation of cultural practitioners in southern Africa. This paper addresses cultural politics and policies around the Bulawayo Music Revival Show 1987 and the Zimbabwe Union of Musicians and introduces a mimetic treatment. I construct a theoretical framework in terms of tacit policies, proto-policies and documented policies to analyse adaptive processes among cultural workers implementing plans and policies, before presenting evidence and examples.

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