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Author Impey, Angela, author

Title Song walking : women, music, and environmental justice in an African borderland / Angela Impey
Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource (x, 284 pages)
Series Chicago studies in ethnomusicology
Chicago studies in ethnomusicology.
Contents Paths toward a hearing -- Amaculo Manihamba: a genre considered -- Walking, singing, pointing, Usuthu Gorge -- Cartographic encounters: settling the Southeast African border -- New routes in and out, Eziphosheni -- Rain is only one aspect of water -- Dwelling in a futurized past: longing for Ndumo -- Beyond talk and testimony -- Postscript
Summary Song Walking explores the politics of land, its position in memories, and its foundation in changing land-use practices in western Maputaland, a borderland region situated at the juncture of South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland. Angela Impey investigates contrasting accounts of this little-known geopolitical triangle, offsetting textual histories with the memories of a group of elderly women whose songs and everyday practices narrativize a century of borderland dynamics. Drawing evidence from women's walking songs (amaculo manihamba)--once performed while traversing vast distances to the accompaniment of the European mouth-harp (isitweletwele)--she uncovers the manifold impacts of internationally-driven transboundary environmental conservation on land, livelihoods, and local senses of place. This book links ethnomusicological research to larger themes of international development, environmental conservation, gender, and local economic access to resources. By demonstrating that development processes are essentially cultural processes and revealing how music fits within this frame, Song Walking testifies to the affective, spatial, and economic dimensions of place, while contributing to a more inclusive and culturally apposite alignment between land and environmental policies and local needs and practices
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 22, 2018)
Subject Women -- South Africa -- Maputaland -- Social life and customs
Ecomusicology -- South Africa -- Maputaland
Music -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Maputaland
Jew's harp -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Maputaland
MUSIC -- Musical Instruments -- Piano & Keyboard.
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- Percussion.
Manners and customs
Music -- Social aspects
Women -- Social life and customs
Maputaland (South Africa) -- Social life and customs
South Africa -- Maputaland
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780226538150