Hearing Maskanda in Post-Apartheid South Africa

By October 12, 2018 No Comments

In 2022, my book Hearing Maskanda will be published by Bloomsbury Press (Music and Sound Studies). It engages with South African maskanda music, often marketed as “Zulu blues”. I address the divergent ways maskanda is heard, analyzed and conceptualized by those who participate in maskanda practice in current South Africa. Rather than treating maskanda solely as a performance or entertainment practice, I regard it as a mode of knowing engendering forms of (sonic and vocal) eloquence, ideas, sensibilities, historiographies, critiques, and reconfigurations of time and space in which I – a white female researcher from Europe – participated between 2008 and 2015 during almost annual fieldwork visits of one to four months. Thus, the book’s prime concern is musical epistemology – how people know music, and how we know our worlds through music.