Sounds of Life

Music, Identity and Politics in Zimbabwe

Ezra Chitando, Fainos Mangena & Itai Muwati



Music narrates personal, communal and national experiences. It is a rich repository of a peoples deepest fears, hopes, and achievements, especially as it communicates spirituality, economic, and political realities. This volume examines the multiple roles of music in Zimbabwe, showing how Zimbabwean music has addressed the socio-economic, political and spiritual crisis that the country has endured in the last one and a half decades. While concentrating on the tumultuous 2000 to 2013 period, the themes that are addressed here are enduring.


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Ezra Chitando is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, Classics and Philosophy of the University of Zimbabwe. He also serves as theological consultant for the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA).

Fainos Mangena, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Applied Ethics at the University of Zimbabwe.

Itai Muwati, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Zimbabwe.