African music : negotiating a space in contemporary society

Joseph, Dawn and Human, René 2009, African music : negotiating a space in contemporary society, Journal of international intercultural education, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 359-370.

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Title African music : negotiating a space in contemporary society
Author(s) Joseph, Dawn
Human, René
Journal name Journal of international intercultural education
Volume number 20
Issue number 4
Start page 359
End page 370
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 1467-5986
1469-8439
Keyword(s) African music
culture
authenticity
hybridity
identity
tertiary music education
choral music
Summary This paper explores the notion of African music as a way forward to negotiate a 'space' in contemporary society. The word 'space' is used as a metaphor to explore and experiment with the dynamics of culture and hybridity. The authors view themselves as 'agents of change' and knowledgeable professionals in the teaching of African music, one based in South Africa (Johannesburg) and the other in Australia (Melbourne). They reflect on examples from their own teaching and learning experiences as they argue that the translation of 'traditional' African music can only be brought about by means of cultural dialogue, within cultures and between cultures. This paper also addresses the issues of cultural authenticity as a redefined and renegotiated space when teaching and learning African music. The authors also consider the difficulties of addressing 'difference' and 'otherness' when teaching African music, with South Africa and Australia both previously seen as outposts of the British Empire. They contend that such differences can prove to be productive and rewarding through subtle mediation and accommodation when crossing cultural borders.
Language eng
Field of Research 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019556

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