Keeping it real: amaXhosa iimbongi making mimesis do its thing in the hip-hop and rap music of the Eastern Cape

Abstract

Hip-hop and rap music are present in many cities in the Eastern Cape but this article is restricted to an analysis of the rap music and hip-hop scene in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown.3 Although the intention of this article is musicological, it is necessary to look at rap music in its contexts, that is, the hip-hop movement locally and globally, and as but one aspect in relation to the other performance and ideological aspects of the hip-hop movement.4 For this reason I attempt to integrate the discursive attributes of the movement into a narrative where the aesthetics of hip-hop performance in the Eastern Cape and South Africa, and by extension, other parts of the globe, is the main concern.

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Published
2010-11-30
How to Cite
Watkins, L. “Keeping It Real: AmaXhosa Iimbongi Making Mimesis Do Its Thing in the Hip-Hop and Rap Music of the Eastern Cape”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 8, no. 4, Nov. 2010, pp. 24-47, doi:https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v8i4.1865.

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