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The Culture of AIDS in AfricaHope and Healing Through Music and the Arts$
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Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.001.0001

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Tears Run Dry

Tears Run Dry

Coping with AIDS through Music in Zimbabwe

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The Culture of AIDS in Africa

Ric Alviso

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role of music in the campaign against AIDS in Zimbabwe. It suggests that health practitioners tend to view artists’ relevant works either as a therapy aid, or as an entity that straddles the line between “education” and “entertainment.” It argues that the artists who act within these expectations, such as the Afro-jazz group Mhepo, aim to develop themselves as musicians, thus forcing mediations between originality and conformity; personal expression and group expression; and poverty and steady work. The chapter first outlines the scope of the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe in relation to politics before discussing the role of music in dealing with AIDS, and whether these efforts have made any difference. It then shows how traditional and popular music in Zimbabwe today reveal some interesting generational differences in the way music is being used to provide education, express grief, and begin healing.

Keywords:   music, AIDS, Zimbabwe, artists, therapy aid, education, entertainment, Mhepo, politics, popular music

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