AIDS, Politics, and Music in South Africa (The International by Fraser G. McNeill

By Fraser G. McNeill

This booklet deals an unique anthropological method of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. in line with a greater than fifteen years organization with the quarter, it demonstrates why AIDS interventions within the former place of birth of Venda have failed - and doubtless even been counterproductive. It does so via a chain of ethnographic encounters, from kings to condoms, which reveal the ways that biomedical knowing of the virus were rejected by means of - and integrated into - neighborhood understandings of overall healthiness, affliction, intercourse, and dying. in the course of the songs of woman initiation, AIDS schooling, and wandering minstrels, the e-book argues that track is critical to realizing how AIDS interventions function. This booklet elucidates a hidden global of that means within which humans sing approximately what they can't speak about, the place educators are blamed for spreading the virus, and within which condoms are frequently proposal to reason AIDS. The coverage implications are transparent: African worldviews needs to be taken heavily if AIDS interventions in Africa are to develop into winning.

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In more practical terms, their performances create the possibility of material benefits, of earning a fixed income and achieving upward social mobility. Thus, the analysis of peer education music points to the shortcomings of categorising specific genres as having an ‘either/or’ effect. AIDS educators in Venda, like countless other performers throughout the world, weave local elements into songs and dances that hold more national and international significance. They blur the boundaries between, and perhaps even create new genres, through the syncretic and strategic blending of various musical traditions to harness the particular zeitgeist of their post-apartheid experience.

On the other hand, he saw a potentially transformative quality in the Zionist-style independent African church music (Blacking 1995b), in tshikona (Blacking 1973: 51), and in the now extinct bepha musical expeditions involving competitive displays by youngsters of rival royal homesteads (Blacking 1962). For Blacking, then, musical performance could cement the hierarchies established through generational, gendered, and royal ties, whilst also being ‘an expression of alternative visions of social order .

Whilst some people cannot work because they are sick, for most people it is the lack of jobs that is the problem. Still, illness is big business. Whilst AIDS is perceived as a crisis, this crisis has been converted into opportunities for the accumulation of capital. AIDS-related NGOs provide significant employment opportunities through national tenders and international donations. Palliative treatments are available, for a price, from international pharmaceuticals (increasingly now through the state – see Chapter 4) and traditional healers (see Chapter 6).

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