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The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing Through Music and the Arts

Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen


This book enters into the many worlds of expression brought forth across Africa by the ravaging presence of HIV/AIDS. Africans and non-Africans, physicians and social scientists, journalists and documentarians share here a common and essential interest in understanding creative expression in crushing and uncertain times. Chapters investigate and engage the social networks, power relationships, and cultural structures that enable the arts to convey messages of hope and healing, and of knowledge and good counsel to the wider community. And from Africa to the wider world, the text here brings int ... More

Keywords: music, Africa, HIV/AIDS, creative expression, cultural performance, artists, edutainment, social change, arts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199744473
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Barz, editor
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Vanderbilt University

Judah Cohen, editor
Professor of Jewish Culture, Indiana University

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1 Introduction

Gregory Barz (Vanderbilt University/University of the Free State) Judah M. Cohen (Indiana University)1

2 Interlude

Gregory Barz (Vanderbilt University/University of the Free State)

3 Born in Africa (1990)

Written and Directed by John Zaritsky, produced by Virginia Storring, transcript by Judah M. Cohen

4 Tears Run Dry

Ric Alviso (California State University, Northridge)

6 Music, HIV/AIDS, and Social Change in Nairobi, Kenya

Kathleen J. Van Buren (University of Sheffield)

7 Interlude

E. Jackson Allison, Jr.

8 Using Music to Combat AIDS and Other Public Health Issues in Malawi

E. Jackson Allison, Jr. (SUNY Upstate Medical University) Lawrence H. Brown, III (Anton Breinl Centre/James Cook University) Susan E. Wilson (East Carolina University)

9 Visual Approaches to HIV Literacy in South Africa

Annabelle Wienand (University of Cape Town)

10 Ngoma Dialogue Circles (Ngoma-Dice)

Mjomba Majalia (St. Augustine University of  Tanzania)

11 Interlude

Judah M. Cohen (Indiana University)

12 HIV/AIDS Poster Campaigns in Malawi1

Eckhard Breitinger (University of Bayreuth)

14 “We Are the Loudmouthed HIV-Positive People”

Rebecca Hodes (University of Cape Town)

15 “C’est Le Wake Up! Africa”

Daniel B. Reed (Indiana University)

16 Singing Songs of AIDS in Venda, South Africa

Fraser G. McNeill (University of Pretoria) Deborah James (London School of Economics)

17 Interlude

Gregory Barz, and Judah M. Cohen

18 Aesthetics and Activism

Michael Godby (University of Cape Town)

20 “What Shall We Do?”

Jennifer W. Kyker (Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester)

21 Swahili AIDS Plays

Aldin K. Mutembei (University of Dar Es Salaam)

22 Confronting AIDS through Popular Music Cultures in Kenya

Mellitus N. Wanyama and Joseph B. Okong’o (Moi University, Kenya)

23 Interlude

Jeffrey Callen

24 Siphithemba—We Give Hope

Austin Chinagorom Okigbo (Williams College)

25 Young and Wise in Accra, Ghana

Angela Scharfenberger (Indiana University)

26 Singing as Social Order

Judah M. Cohen (Indiana University)

27 “I’m a Rich Man, How Can I Die?”

Leah Niederstadt (Wheaton College)

28 Interlude

Interviewers: Gregory Barz and Vincent Wandera

29 Kwaito and the Culture of AIDS in South Africa

Gavin Steingo (Columbia University)

30 Positive Disturbance

Gregory Barz (Vanderbilt University/University of the Free State) Gerald C. Liu (Vanderbilt University)

31 “EdzI Ndi Dolo” (“AIDS is Mighty”)

John Chipembere Lwanda (Dudu Nsomba Publications)

32 Representing HIV/AIDS in Africa

Roland Bleiker (University of Queensland) and Amy Kay (Centre for Development and Population Activities)

33 Postlude

Patricia Tang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)