Parading Respectability: The cultural and moral aesthetics of the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa

Parading Respectability: The cultural and moral aesthetics of the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa

by Sylvia Bruinders

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Parading respectability: The cultural and moral aesthetics of the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa is an intimate and incisive portrait of the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape of South Africa. Drawing on her own on background as well as her extended research study period during which she became a band member and was closely involved in its day-to-day affairs, the author, Dr Sylvia Bruinders, documents this centuries-old expressive practice of ushering in the joy of Christmas through music by way of a social history of the coloured communities. In doing so, she traces the slave origins of the Christmas Bands Movement, as well as how the oppressive and segregationist injustices of both colonialism and apartheid, together with the civil liberties afforded in the South African Constitution (1996) after the country became a democracy in 1994 have shaped the movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781920033194
Publisher: African Books Collective Limited
Publication date: 12/04/2017
Series: African Humanities Series , #4
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Dr Sylvia Bruinders is senior lecturer and head of Ethnomusicology and African Music at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town where she teaches courses in Ethnomusicology, African and World musics. A former Fulbright scholar, her dissertation on the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape received the Nicholas Temperley Award for Excellence in a Dissertation in Musicology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In 2012, she received the African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to write a monograph based on her doctoral research from which she has already published several articles and book chapters. She enjoys Pilates, swimming and leisurely walks.

Table of Contents

Foreward

Preface

Glossary

Chapter 1: Sociopolitical and historical introduction

Chapter 2: Ethnography of the Christmas Bands Movement

Chapter 3: The St Joseph’s Christmas Band

Chapter 4: From oral/aural to literate: Musical transmission in the Christmas Bands

Chapter 5: Militarism in the bands: Christmas Bands Competitions

Chapter 6: Hidden subjectivities: Women’s involvement in the Christmas bands

Chapter 7: Reflections and conclusions

Appendices

Bibliography

Index

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