oa Alternation - What about the audience? silences in voicing the text

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In Voicing the Text, Duncan Brown examines expressions of oral literature from the /Xam Bushmen, the praises of Shaka, the hymns of Shembe, Ingoapele Madingoane's Black Consciousness-inspired 'proemdra', and the performance poetry of Mzwakhe Mbuli and Alfred Temba Qabula. Brown's aim is to re-establish a line of continuity in South African poetry and performance from the songs and stories of the Bushmen, through the praise poems of the African chiefdoms, to the development of Christianized oral forms, the adaptation of the oral tradition in 'Soweto' poetry of the I 970s, and the performance of poems on political platforms in the 1980s (1).

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