Amarachi Iheke

Thesis Title: Stimela, Beyond Metaphor: Activating radical reconciliatory imaginaries in Azanian (South African) sonic and poetic resistance practices

Abstract: This paper addresses the centrality of aesthetic liberatory practices through sonic and poetic productions, in Azania’s national reconciliation narrative. It posits that musical artists spanning genres of Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Marabi, Toyi-Toyi and Gospel, operationalised a radical ‘people’s reconciliation’, which moved away from the era(ce)ive institutional confines of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) (Iheke, 2022). This project considers artists in this way as conduits not only for alternative narrative construction and memorialisation, but also as practitioners of epistemic and ontological justice.

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