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date: 30 October 2020

township musicals 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Yvette HutchisonYvette Hutchison

South African musical theatre characterized by multilingual dialogue, dynamic vocal and physical theatre, which blends Western dramatic structure with township music and performance styles. In the 1920s and 1930s urban African communities in South Africa expanded rapidly. Slum yards became the focus of black recreational life and the ‘shebeen society’ of informal (and illegal) pubs became the centre for entertainment. Miners and contract workers brought African, Afro-Western, and Afrikaans ... ...

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