Zimbabwe Township Music

Joyce Jenje-Makwenda



Zimbabwe Township Music is a celebration of age-old popular music, which was evolved by the early urban settlers as far back as the 1930's. Urban culture in those days was a product of mixed traditional, contemporary and Western influences, which all moulded into the unique township music. It is therefore the musical off-spring and melodic fusion of several tribal and cultural urban settlers in the early Black townships; typified by such variants as kwela, tsabatsaba, marabi and afro-jazz.


This book is both informative and exhilarating because besides the historic narrative, there are also very beautiful pictures of musicians of various generations from Harare to Bulawayo. - Memory Chirere, Muziki


Joyce Jenje-Makwenda is a Zimbabwean ethnomusicologist born in Mbare Township, then called Harare. Since 1984 she has carried out research and interviews on early urban culture, music, politics, education, religion, media, fashion, taboo, sexual and cultural issues and women’s histories in Zimbabwe.