A hip-hopera in Cape Town: the aesthetics, and politics of performing 'Afrikaaps'

A hip-hopera in Cape Town: the aesthetics, and politics of performing 'Afrikaaps'

Author: 
Becker, Heike
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2017
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Journal of African Cultural Studies
Source: 
Journal of African Cultural Studies Volume 29, 2017 - Issue 2 244-259
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The paper presents an analysis of how visual and musical aesthetics converge in the performed production of history, as creolization, and ethnically specific 'heritage', and how the self-stylization is employed in asserting a linguistic-cultural 'identity'. This is done through an investigation of the aesthetics and politics of the 'hip-hopera' Afrikaaps. Afrikaaps was produced in 2010 by a group of musicians and spoken word artists from Cape Town and the rural Western Cape Province of South Africa. The show premiered at an annual Afrikaans cultural festival; it then had a three-week run at a theatre, located in a predominantly white, English-speaking part of Cape Town, followed by different sets of performance in South Africa and abroad and the documentary by a Cape Town film maker. Dylan Valley's [2011. Afrikaaps. Directed by Dylan Valley. Amsterdam: Plexus Films/The Glasshouse] film follows this group of local artists creating the stage production as they trace the roots of Afrikaans to KhoiSan and slaves in the Cape.

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CITATION: Becker, Heike. A hip-hopera in Cape Town: the aesthetics, and politics of performing 'Afrikaaps' . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2017. Journal of African Cultural Studies Volume 29, 2017 - Issue 2 244-259 - Available at: http://library.au.int/hip-hopera-cape-town-aesthetics-and-politics-performing-afrikaaps