Making violence ordinary: radio, music and the Rwandan genocide

  • Jason McCoy Ethnomusicology at Florida State University


During the 1994 Rwandan genocide an estimated 800 000 people, or roughly 12 per cent of Rwanda's population, perished at the hands of both Hutu militias and ordinary citizens. The pro-genocide radio station, RTLM, or Radio-Television Libre des Milles Collines (Free Radio-Television of a Thousand Hills), played a critical role in cultivating anti-Tutsi ideology and spurring mobs of Hutu militants to commit acts of violence in the name of justice, solidarity, and self-preservation.


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How to Cite
McCoy, J. “Making Violence Ordinary: Radio, Music and the Rwandan Genocide”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 8, no. 3, Nov. 2009, pp. 85-96, doi: