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Kwasa Kwasa (in Malawi)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Kwasa kwasa arrived in Malawi at a time of transition. Toward the end of the 1980s Malawians yearned for less restrictive governance after nearly 25 years of strict one-party rule under Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who had been declared...

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David Horn

David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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John Lwanda

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The term ‘kwasa kwasa’ (or ‘kwassa kwassa’) originated in the later twentieth century in the present-day Democratic Republic of Congo (known as Zaire from 1971 to 1997), where it denoted a music and dance that was part of the overall...

Kwasa Kwasa (in Botswana)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The Botswana manifestation of the Congolese kwasa kwasa genre may be dated to the late 1990s, and the genre has continued to develop there over time. The term kwasa kwasa, in Botswana, is understood metaphorically by Setswana-speaking...