oa Journal of Education - The liberation songs: an important voice of black South Africans from 1912 to 1994

Volume 33, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-479X



This paper argues for an interdisciplinary educational approach, towards an understanding of the black liberation struggle and the recognition of the liberation songs as important historical documents. In order to allow these songsto be fully understood a link had to be found to move musicology towards an accommodation with cultural history. The study thus drew on the theory of Shepherd and Wicke (1997), which allowed for an analysis using both musicology and cultural history. The theory was especially suited to this study as it also allows for insights into the processes of affect and meaning as they operate in wider cultural-historical contexts, which can be gained through an examination of the music of a particular historical period.

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