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

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

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(p.70) 6 Music, HIV/AIDS, and Social Change in Nairobi, Kenya
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The Culture of AIDS in Africa
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Kathleen J. Van Buren

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.003.0006

This chapter explores how music is playing an integral role in HIV/AIDS interventions and an agent of social change in Nairobi, Kenya. It begins with a review of the history and status of HIV/AIDS in Kenya before turning to a discussion of HIV/AIDS music performances in Nairobi. In particular, it considers the challenges facing musicians who wish to respond to HIV/AIDS, and how they can produce music the populace will want to hear, while at the same time living in a society that regulates messages about HIV/AIDS. It also looks at how music is used in numerous schools, children’s centers, and youth programs, with particular emphasis on the Kenya Music Festival, to speak about AIDS and other concerns within their communities. Finally, it offers some suggestions on the possibilities and problems of using music for HIV/AIDS programs.

Keywords:   music, HIV/AIDS, Nairobi, Kenya, youth programs, musicians, schools, children’s centers, social change, Kenya Music Festival

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