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date: 05 December 2020

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This chapter explores persistent traces of both indigenous and Euro-colonial music traditions in the church music of South African coloured people (a group of mixed racial heritage that was marginalized and oppressed by the apartheid regime). The author characterizes these persistent historical traces in coloured people’s performance style as “hidden transcripts” (following James Scott). Through the powerful historiographic tool of ethnomusicological listening, this chapter points to colonial as well as “African” traces surviving in contemporary musics and locates both encounter and resistance in contemporary performance styles, even those most closely related to colonial repertoires.

Keywords: music, South Africa, coloured, San, Khoisan, Xhosa, Protestant, Congregational, hymnody, colonialism

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