In Township Tonight!: South Africa's Black City Music and Theatre, Second Edition / Edition 2

In Township Tonight!: South Africa's Black City Music and Theatre, Second Edition / Edition 2

by David B. Coplan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226115674

ISBN-13: 9780226115672

Pub. Date: 02/15/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

David B. Coplan’s pioneering social history of black South Africa’s urban music, dance, and theatre established itself as a classic soon after its publication in 1985. As the first substantial history of black performing arts in South Africa, In Township Tonight! was championed by a broad range of scholars and treasured by fans of South African

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David B. Coplan’s pioneering social history of black South Africa’s urban music, dance, and theatre established itself as a classic soon after its publication in 1985. As the first substantial history of black performing arts in South Africa, In Township Tonight! was championed by a broad range of scholars and treasured by fans of South African music. Now completely revised, expanded, and updated, this new edition takes account of developments over the last thirty years while reflecting on the massive changes in South African politics and society since the end of the apartheid era.

In vivid detail, Coplan comprehensively explores more than three centuries of the diverse history of South Africa’s black popular culture, taking readers from indigenous musical traditions into the world of slave orchestras, pennywhistlers, clergyman-composers, the gumboot dances of mineworkers, and touring minstrelsy and vaudeville acts. This up-to-date edition of a landmark work will be welcomed by scholars of ethnomusicology and African studies, world music fans, and anyone concerned with South Africa and its development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226115672
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
1,027,605
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

A note on terminology

1 Introduction: In township last night 1

2 City life and performing arts in nineteenth-century South Africa 13

3 Black Johannesburg, 1900-1920 74

4 Black performance culture between the world wars: the 'rank and file' 110

5 Black performance culture between the world wars: the 'situations' 135

6 Sophiatown: culture and community, 1940-1960 170

7 Township music and musicians, 1960-1980 224

8 Twenty years of black theatre: the struggle for black city culture 264

9 The darkness and the dawn: black popular music since 1980 293

10 Jazz and other (con)fusions since 1990 340

11 Out of the townships tonight: emerging South African theatre 367

12 Conclusion: In township tomorrow night 396

Appendix A 423

Appendix B 427

Appendix C 432

Glossary 438

Index 445

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