Urban Music and Identities

Cape Town has a rich and most diverse musical heritage, shaped by all kinds of cosmopolitan influences. From the perspective of the sociology of music, the project examines the expression of identities and the organization of social networks in a cosmopolitan urban setting. Apart from the importance for the transformation of the Western Cape, a hot spot of differing identities, the aim is also to develop a methodology to better understand the complexity and dynamics of processes of social aggregation and identification.

Project leader(s):
  • Denis-Constant Martin (Paris)
Publication(s):

Denis-Constant Martin, TRACES D’AVENIR: Mémoires musicales et ré conciliation en Afrique du Sud, Cahiers d’ethnomusicologie, 22/2008: Mémoire, traces, histoire.