The cultural and artistic legacy of Oliver Mtukudzi : using language for social justice /

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Palgrave,, Cham, Switzerland, p.1 online resource (277 pages) (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00972484, fast, Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)


Print version record.Intro -- Acknowledgements -- Contents -- Notes on Contributors -- Chapter 1: Culture, Language, Human Rights and Politics in Oliver Mtukudzi's Music -- Introduction -- "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made": Mtukudzi and African Cultural Pride -- "Language as Identity": Mtukudzi and the Language Question in Africa -- Mtukudzi as a Human Rights Defender and "Theologian" -- "Walking the Tightrope": Playing Politics with Politics in a Challenging Environment -- Conclusion -- References -- Part I: "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made": Mtukudzi and African Cultural PrideChapter 2: "Dada Nerudzi Rwako": Championing African Identities in Oliver Mtukudzi's Music -- Introduction -- Culture as Embodiment of Social Identity -- Oliver Mtukudzi: Early Career -- Rediscovering the Self: Oliver Mtukudzi as the Epitome of Cultural Identity as Reflected in the Song "Tsika Dzedu" -- Conclusion -- References -- Interview -- Personal Communication -- Websites -- Secondary Literature -- Chapter 3: Tuku Music as a Site of Cultural Embodiment -- Introduction -- Negotiating Language, Genre and Space -- Religion in Tuku Music -- 'Tuku Music' as a Currency of CommunicationTuku Music as a Currency of Unification -- Tuku as a Symbol of Culture -- Conclusion -- References -- Internet Sources -- Chapter 4: Exploring the Nhaka Concept in Oliver Mtukudzi's Music -- Introduction -- Background to the Nhaka Concept in Africa -- Brief Literature Review and Theoretical Perspectives -- Analysis of Selected Songs -- Conclusion -- References -- Part II: "Language as Identity": Mtukudzi and the Language Question in Africa -- Chapter 5: A Stylistic Analysis of 'Neria, ' a Song by Oliver Mtukudzi -- Introduction -- Brief Background of Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi and the Song 'Neria'Theoretical Framework and Methodology -- Sound Patterns -- Onomatopoeia -- Alliteration -- Assonance -- Rhythm -- Rhyme -- Grammatical Analysis -- Anaphora -- Syntactic Analysis -- Figurative Language -- Personification -- Metonymy -- Simile -- Allusion -- Themes -- Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 6: A Semantic Analysis of Metaphors Found in Selected Lyrics of Oliver Mtukudzi's Songs -- Introduction -- Methodology -- The Conceptual Metaphor Theory -- Data Analysis -- The Plight of Women -- Mai Varamba (Mother's Refusal) -- Dzoka Uyamwe (Come Back for Breastfeeding) -- DeathRonga Dondo (Contradictions of Planning) -- Ndima Ndapedza (Completion of a Task) -- Violence -- Resilience and Focus -- Mutserendende (slide/sliding game) -- Gondo (Eagle) -- Discussion -- Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 7: An Exploration of Metaphoric Images in Oliver Mtukudzi's Songs on HIV/AIDS -- Introduction -- Defining Metaphor -- An Overview of HIV/AIDS Situation in Zimbabwe -- The Role of Songs in HIV/AIDS Campaign in Africa -- Conceptual Framework: The Critical Metaphor Analysis Theory -- Methodology and Data CollectionData Presentation and Analysis: Mtukudzi on Zimbabwe's HIV/AIDS ChallengeThis book delves into a critical and comprehensive analysis of Mtukudzis legacy, as an outstanding musician who anchored his music on cultural identity specifically through the artistic manipulation of language. As a cultural worker, his remit extended beyond performance. This raised his stature to the levels of such African music icons as Fela Kuti of Nigeria, Salif Keita of Mali and Miriam Makeba/Hugh Masekela of South Africa, all towering giants in African musical performance. This volume examines how Mtukudzi artistically manipulated language to convey a timeless message of cultural identity, fighting for the respect of rights for women, children and all. It unpacks how Mtukudzi subtly uses language to put across political views that speak truth to power, harnessing Zimbabwean language to articulate and promote the nations cultural heritage and to advocate for societal development and the promotion of rights of vulnerable groups. The chapters in this volume are a mix of interdisciplinary Zimbabwean scholars of linguistics, performance studies, religion, history, communication and media studies, unravelling Mtukudzi as a fighter for human rights and justice who subtly critiqued political systems and practices. It concludes that Mtukudzi strove to be a cultural worker who used the power of language through music to contribute towards the rehabilitation of a battered African identity. Munyaradzi Nyakudya is Senior Lecturer in the History Heritage and Knowledge Systems Department of the University of Zimbabwe. Bridget Chinouriri is Senior Lecturer in the Creative Media and Communication Department of the University of Zimbabwe. Pauline Mateveke is Senior Lecturer in the Languages Literature and Culture Department of the University of Zimbabwe. Ezra Chitando is Professor of Religious Studies in the Philosophy Religion and Ethics Department of the University of Zimbabwe.