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Radio Soundings - South Africa And The Black Modern (Paperback): Liz Gunner Radio Soundings - South Africa And The Black Modern (Paperback)
Liz Gunner
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The radio in Africa has shaped culture by allowing listeners to negotiate modern identities and sometimes fast-changing lifestyles. Through the medium of voice and mediated sound, listeners on the station – known as Radio Bantu, then Radio Zulu, and finally Ukhozi FM – shaped new understandings of the self, family and social roles.

Through particular genres such as radio drama, fuelled by the skills of radio actors and listeners, an array of debates, choices and mistakes were unpacked daily for decades. This was the unseen literature of the auditory, the drama of the airwaves, which at its height shaped the lives of millions of listeners in urban and rural places in South Africa. Radio became a conduit for many talents squeezed aside by apartheid repression. Besides Winnie Mahlangu and K.E. Masinga and a host of other talents opened by radio, the exiles Lewis Nkosi and Bloke Modisane made a niche and a network of identities and conversations which stretched from the heart of Harlem to the American South. Nkosi and Modisane were working respectively in BBC Radio drama and a short-lived radio transcription centre based in London which drew together the threads of activism and creativity from both Black America and the African continent at a critical moment of the late empire.

Radio Soundings is a fascinating study that shows how, throughout its history, Zulu radio has made a major impact on community, everyday life and South African popular culture, voicing a range of subjectivities which gave its listeners a place in the modern world.

The Man of Heaven and the Beautiful Ones of God - Isaiah Shembe and the Nazareth Church/Isaiah Shembe NeBandla LamaNazarethe... The Man of Heaven and the Beautiful Ones of God - Isaiah Shembe and the Nazareth Church/Isaiah Shembe NeBandla LamaNazarethe (Hardcover, New edition)
Liz Gunner; Edited by Elizabeth Gunner; Translated by Elizabeth Gunner
R115 R95 Discovery Miles 950 Save R20 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This title provides privileged insight into the spiritual heart of iBandla lamaNazaretha, or the Nazareth Church (currently estimated to have over a million members) and its visionary leader, Isaiah Shembe, the founder (in 1910). Shembe was an extraordinary man of immense spiritual power, who gained Messiah/like status among his followers. Prefaced by a message from the present leader of the main branch of the Church, Bishop Vimbeni Shembe, and including an enlightening introduction by Liz Gunner, this three part title makes available in English and in isiZulu source material, transcribed and translated from the original longhand books of the Church archives held at Ekuphakameni. It offers in Isaiah Shembe's own voice some of the founding tenets of the Nazareth Church and records the moving testimony of Meshack Hadebe, a 1920's believer, who relates how his family travelled from 'the land of Mashoeshoe' to Ekuphakameni, the holy place 'in the land of Natal'. Their journey in search of 'the Prophet of Jehovah' is inspired by the appearance of an extraordinary star, similar to that which led the Three Wise Men on their holy pilgrimage. Also included is some of the beautiful sacred poetry which forms part of the Church's enduring hymnal. The man of heaven is a unique treasure trove in many respects, that will appeal not just to Shembe followers but to all who have an interest in the complexities of African Christianity. It is invaluable for the intimate access it offers into a fascinating spiritual tradition, and for the voice it gives to a grassroots community immensely powerful but seldom encountered in African literatures.

Radio in Africa - Publics, cultures, communities (Paperback): Liz Gunner, Dina Ligaga, Dumisani Moyo Radio in Africa - Publics, cultures, communities (Paperback)
Liz Gunner, Dina Ligaga, Dumisani Moyo
R83 R69 Discovery Miles 690 Save R14 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Radio has been called 'Africa's medium'. Its wide accessibility is a result of a number of factors, including the liberalisation policies of the 'third wave' of democracy and its ability to transcend the barriers of cost, geographical boundaries, the colonial linguistic heritage and low literacy levels. This sets it apart from other media platforms in facilitating political debate, shaping identities and assisting listeners as they negotiate the challenges of everyday life on the continent. Radio in Africa breaks new ground by bringing together essays on the multiple roles of radio in the lives of listeners in Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone Africa. Some essays turn to the history of radio and its part in the culture and politics of countries such as Angola and South Africa. Others - such as the essay on Mali, gender and religion - show how radio throws up new tensions yet endorses social innovation and the making of new publics. A number of essays look to radio's current role in creating listening communities that radically shift the nature of the public sphere. Essays on the genre of the talk show in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa point to radio's role in creating a robust public sphere. Radio's central role in the emergence of informed publics in fragile national spaces is covered in essays on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. The book also highlights radio's links to the new media, its role in resistance to oppressive regimes such as Zimbabwe, and points in several cases - for example in the essay on Uganda - to the importance of African languages in building modern communities that embrace both local and global knowledge.

The International African Library Series Number 59 - Radio Soundings: South Africa and the Black Modern (Hardcover): Liz Gunner The International African Library Series Number 59 - Radio Soundings: South Africa and the Black Modern (Hardcover)
Liz Gunner
R1,890 R1,759 Discovery Miles 17 590 Save R131 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Zulu Radio in South Africa is one of the most far-reaching and influential media in the region, currently attracting around 6.67 million listeners daily. While the public and political role of radio is well-established, what is less understood is how it has shaped culture by allowing listeners to negotiate modern identities and fast-changing lifestyles. Liz Gunner explores how understandings of the self, family, and social roles were shaped through this medium of voice and mediated sound. Radio was the unseen literature of the auditory, the drama of the airwaves, and thus became a conduit for many talents squeezed aside by apartheid repression. Besides Winnie Mahlangu and K. E. Masinga, among other talents, the exiles Lewis Nkosi and Bloke Modisane made a network of identities and conversations which stretched from the heart of Harlem to the American South, drawing together the threads of activism and creativity from both Black America and the African continent at a critical moment of late empire.

One Hundred Years of the ANC - Debating liberation histories today (Paperback): Thozama April, Omar Badsha, Franco Barchiesi,... One Hundred Years of the ANC - Debating liberation histories today (Paperback)
Thozama April, Omar Badsha, Franco Barchiesi, Phil Bonner, Susan Booysen, …
R352 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

On 8 January 2012 the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, the oldest African nationalist organisation on the continent, celebrated its one hundredth anniversary. This historic event has generated significant public debate within both the ANC and South African society at large. There is no better time to critically reflect on the ANC's historical trajectory and struggle against colonialism and apartheid than in its centennial year. One Hundred Years of the ANC is a collection of new work by renowned South African and international scholars. Covering a broad chronological and geographical spectrum and using a diverse range of sources, the contributors build upon but also extend the historiography of the ANC by tapping into marginal spaces in ANC history. By moving away from the celebratory mode that has characterised much of the contemporary discussions on the centenary, the contributors suggest that the relationship between the histories of earlier struggles and the present needs to be rethought in more complex terms. Collectively, the book chapters challenge hegemonic narratives that have become an established part of South Africa's national discourse since 1994. By opening up debate around controversial or obscured aspects of the ANC's century-long history, One hundred years of the ANC sets out an agenda for future research. The book is directed at a wide readership with an interest in understanding the historical roots of South Africa's current politics will find this volume informative. This book is based on a selection of papers presented at the One Hundred Years of the ANC: Debating Liberation Histories and Democracy Today Conference held at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg from 20-23 September 2011.

Radio Soundings - South Africa and the Black Modern (Paperback): Liz Gunner Radio Soundings - South Africa and the Black Modern (Paperback)
Liz Gunner
R527 Discovery Miles 5 270 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Zulu Radio in South Africa is one of the most far-reaching and influential media in the region, currently attracting around 6.67 million listeners daily. While the public and political role of radio is well-established, what is less understood is how it has shaped culture by allowing listeners to negotiate modern identities and fast-changing lifestyles. Liz Gunner explores how understandings of the self, family, and social roles were shaped through this medium of voice and mediated sound. Radio was the unseen literature of the auditory, the drama of the airwaves, and thus became a conduit for many talents squeezed aside by apartheid repression. Besides Winnie Mahlangu and K. E. Masinga, among other talents, the exiles Lewis Nkosi and Bloke Modisane made a network of identities and conversations which stretched from the heart of Harlem to the American South, drawing together the threads of activism and creativity from both Black America and the African continent at a critical moment of late empire.

Radio in Africa - Publics, Cultures, Communities (Hardcover): Liz Gunner, Dina Ligaga, Dumisani Moyo Radio in Africa - Publics, Cultures, Communities (Hardcover)
Liz Gunner, Dina Ligaga, Dumisani Moyo
R1,392 Discovery Miles 13 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Contributors investigate the multiple roles of radio in the lives of African listeners across the continent. Some essays turn to the history of radio and its part in culture and politics. Others show how radio throws up new tensions, yet endorses social innovation and the making of new publics. A number of contributors look at radio's current role in creating listening communities that radically shift the nature of the public sphere. Yet others cover radio's central role in the emergence of informed publics in fragile national spaces, or in failed states. The book also highlights radio's links to the new media, its role in resistance to oppressive regimes, and points in several cases to the importance of African languages in building modern communities that embrace both local and global knowledge. Liz Gunner is visiting Professor at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research; Dina Ligaga is a lecturer in the Department of Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand; Dumisani Moyo is Research and Publications Manager at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe & Swaziland): Wits University Press

Power, Marginality and African Oral Literature (Paperback): Graham Furniss, Liz Gunner Power, Marginality and African Oral Literature (Paperback)
Graham Furniss, Liz Gunner
R885 Discovery Miles 8 850 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

African oral literature, like other forms of popular culture, is not merely folksy, domestic entertainment but a domain in which individuals in a variety of social roles are free to comment on power relations in society. It can also be a significant agent of change capable of directing, provoking, preventing, overturning and recasting social reality. This collection examines the way in which oral texts both reflect and affect contemporary social and political life in Africa. It addresses questions of power, gender, the dynamics of language use, the representation of social structures and the relation between culture and the state. The contributors are linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, ethnomusicologists and historians, who present fresh material and ideas to paint a lively picture of current real-life situations. The book is an important contribution to the study of African culture and literature, and to the anthropological study of oral literature in particular.

Power, Marginality and African Oral Literature (Hardcover, New): Graham Furniss, Liz Gunner Power, Marginality and African Oral Literature (Hardcover, New)
Graham Furniss, Liz Gunner
R1,900 Discovery Miles 19 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

African oral literature, like other forms of popular culture, is not merely folksy, domestic entertainment but a domain in which individuals in a variety of social roles are free to comment on power relations in society. It can also be a significant agent of change capable of directing, provoking, preventing, overturning and recasting social reality. This collection examines the way in which oral texts both reflect and affect contemporary social and political life in Africa. It addresses questions of power, gender, the dynamics of language use, the representation of social structures and the relation between culture and the state. The contributors are linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, ethnomusicologists and historians, who present fresh material and ideas to paint a lively picture of current real-life situations. The book is an important contribution to the study of African culture and literature, and to the anthropological study of oral literature in particular.

Text, Theory, Space - Land, Literature and History in South Africa and Australia (Paperback): Kate Darian-Smith, Liz Gunner,... Text, Theory, Space - Land, Literature and History in South Africa and Australia (Paperback)
Kate Darian-Smith, Liz Gunner, Sarah Nuttall
R795 R718 Discovery Miles 7 180 Save R77 (10%) Out of stock

Text, Theory, Space is a landmark in post-colonial criticism and theory. Focusing on two white settler societies, South Africa and Australia, the contributors investigate the meaning of 'the South' as an aesthetic, political, geographical and cultural space.
Drawing upon a wide range of disciplines which include literature, history, urban and cultural geography, politics and anthropology, the contributors examine crucial issues including:
* defining what 'the South' encompasses
* investigating ideas of space, history, land and landscape
* claiming, naming and possessing land
* national and personal boundaries
* questions of race, gender and nationalism

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