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date: 18 June 2019

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This article explores the musical culture of Venda children in Limpopo, South Africa. Their perspective is examined from three primary points: a historical vantage point—that of ethnomusicologist John Blacking; the current perspective of the author as researcher; and the perspective of the children themselves, as creators and propagators of their own distinct and collective musical cultures. It shows that children have their own ideas about of what their musical cultures sound like, and what they should sound like. Music grounds them in their quest to understand what it means to be Venda, to be South African, and to locate themselves in a global culture.

Keywords: musical identity, Venda, children, John Blacking, musical cultures, perspective

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