South African Soundscapes – A Century’s Popular Music History
February 7 @ 18:00 - May 11 @ 17:00
The bilingual online exhibition on South African popular music history emerged within a course for the Department of History (University of Basel). 10 students researched on specific South African musical genres and examined its strong connections to the country’s political history. In the exhibition you will find music examples for the respective genres that are also part of the library’s sound collection. You can browse over a century full of different music styles including Marabi, Jazz, Vaudeville, Mbaqanga, Hip Hop and Kwaito. In addition, you will find information about the cultural boycott that had been adopted by the UN to weaken the apartheid regime and about what this in turn meant for South African musicians in the country and in exile.
The online exhibition will be displayed in German and English. You can find it on our webpage.