oa Africa Insight - Traditional African music in black education

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



A meaningful discussion of the present-day role of traditional music in black education in South Africa is incomplete without addressing fundamental questions such as: Whose culture is it that should be preserved? Who is it that would like to preserve traditional music and what are his/her interests? Who defines what is traditional culture and what is not? I would like to take up these questions and discuss some of the answers that have been given to them in the past 200 years. I have chosen the role of traditional music in black education as an example, because like no other cultural sphere, education confronts and exposes the views and interests of conflicting social forces like the state and African nationalist movements.

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