IASPM International Conferences - Proceedings, Situating Popular Musics

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Local is lekker? The perceptions of South African music among Durban adolescents
Sarah Ralfe

Last modified: 2013-01-22

Abstract


Popular music in South Africa was a way to uphold the racial divisions of the apartheid regime. Genres of music were pitched at certain segments of the population and this, coupled with the fact that during apartheid local music was often discredited for political reasons, led to the notion that local South African products were inferior to those from the West. This paper considers the state of South African popular music and its popularity among teenagers in Durban in 2004. The research reports on data collected from Grade 11 learners, and looks at their responses to, support of, access to and perceptions of local music. The results show that respondents support very little in the way of local music, with regard to listening to local music, purchasing local music and supporting local concerts.

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