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date: 22 June 2021

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Black South African choral music has a rich and complex history rooted in the cultures and communities that first gave voice to it, in modern times contributing to the anti-apartheid struggle and the fight against AIDS. In striving to perform this world music authentically, Western choirs can introduce a sense of solidarity with and understanding of South African people, whose music is often oversimplified and westernized in published arrangements and transcriptions. This chapter provides an overview of techniques and resources directors can use in teaching this repertoire to choirs. Focus on authenticity; the importance of fully understanding the text; dancing; learning the music orally; teaching the cultural, social, political, and religious contexts of each piece; and maintaining high performance expectations. Developing an understanding of this genre encourages interest in the cultures that created it, opening the minds of all who encounter this powerful music.

Keywords: Black South African choral music, anti-apartheid, authenticity, world music, dance, choral resources

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