Zedník hudebníkem, hudebník kazatelem, kazatel zahradníkem. Zkoumání populární hudební kultury v Jižní Africe
A MASON AS A MUSICIAN, A MUSICIAN AS A PREACHER AND A PREACHER AS A GARDENER: RESEARCH IN POPULAR MUSIC CULTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA
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This article is meant, first, as a brief introduction to South African music studies and some of its specific problems for the Czech (ethno)musicological community, second, as a summary of some recent developments in the field, and third, perhaps most importantly, as a starting point for the author research in the South African popular music culture. As a red thread, one basic idea goes through the whole text: the problem of essentialism and binary oppositions, how (if it is possible) to go beyond and what methods one can choose to reach this goal. Drawing on particular examples, he pleads for a broadly based cultural analysis, new comparative approach and ethnographically informed local-scale studies. His findings and suggestions are based on his immediate experience with the South African environment - lasting more than fourteen months between 2005 and 2008 - as both a student and field researcher in popular music culture in South Africa and Lesotho.
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