‘The Last Word in Rhodesian’: Visions of the Nation in White Rhodesian Music

  • David Kenrick
Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)


Kenrick compares the official state-sponsored process of creating a new national anthem for Rhodesia, a farcical affair in which hundreds of entries were created by members of the public, with a genre of Rhodesian folk songs. The chapter argues that these two musical forms expressed different visions of the Rhodesian nation: one timeless and vague, another centred in the war against black nationalist liberation movements. Kenrick uses the changing tone of folk songs to show how white morale flagged in the late 1970s and how visions of the nation contracted around narrow ideas of gender, race and militarism.

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  • David Kenrick
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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