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date: 29 March 2020

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Personal stories provide an introductory lens to exploring music’s role during the South African transition from minority rule to democracy. With many children turning their backs on schools, music played an increasingly important role in educating the youth and providing them with a public voice. Culture was firmly identified as “a weapon of struggle.” Music was used in teaching children to resist oppressive authority; express their pain; take courage; tell their stories; be proud of their identity; take messages from the past and carry the struggle forward; innovate, create, and collaborate; give voice to the voiceless; and generally promote social change. Inspiring examples provide the impetus for challenging children across the globe to realize that their music can both mirror society and be a participating force for change.

Keywords: music, culture, identity, collaboration, South Africa, change

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