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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Johannes Kerkorrel en postapartheid-Afrikaneridentiteit : research article

Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
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Abstract


The music of Johannes Kerkorrel (Ralph Rabie, 1960-2002) gave expression to the sentiments of a young white urban generation that rebelled against the autocratic rule of the apartheid government. Kerkorrel's songs, many of which were banned during the apartheid era, created an alternative Afrikaner voice through biting social criticism and political satire.
His politicised narratives evoke collective memories and experiences that construct moral hierarchies by means of an exceptional intensity, simplicity and power. Kerkorrel's life-story may be read as a continuous textual reconfiguration of identity throughout which an uninterrupted thread of self-remembrance is simultaneously woven. In a society in the process of constant transformation, a speculative theorising of Kerkorrel as a construct of local identity may serve as a starting point for understanding popular music representations of the post-apartheid Afrikaner character.

Johannes Kerkorrel (Ralph Rabie, 1960-2002) se musiek het die sentimente van 'n jong wit stedelike generasie verwoord wat rebels gestaan het teenoor die outokratiese dispensasie van die apartheidsregering. Kerkorrel se liedjies, waarvan talle gedurende die apartheidsera verban is, het deur middel van bytende sosiale kritiek en politiese satire 'n alternatiewe "Afrikanerstem" gekonstrueer.


Sy gepolitiseerde narratiewe roep kollektiewe herinneringe en ervarings op wat hiërargieë van 'n morele orde met 'n ongewone intensiteit, eenvoud en krag weergee. Kerkorrel se lewensverhaal kan gelees word as 'n voortdurende tekstuele "hervergestalting" van identiteit waardeur daar terselfdertyd 'n ononderbroke draad van selfgedagtenis vleg. Binne 'n steeds transformerende samelewing kan 'n spekulatiewe teoretisering van Kerkorrel as lokale identiteitskonstruk dien as vertrekpunt om populêr-musikale voorstellings van postapartheid-Afrikaner-skap te verreken.

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