Daily Archives: February 23, 2010

Chimurenga… (HUM415)

… means “struggle” in Shona, the most widely spoken language in the nation which is now called Zimbabwe. Dangarembga’s novel is set during what is often referred to as the Second Chimurenga. It is also the term used for modern Zimbabwean pop based on Shona folk music, which usually features the mbira.

Mbira music:

Chimurenga music by Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited:

Here’s a timeline of Zimbabwe’s historical development from the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles/1831470.stm

Additional information on Zimbabwe (Rhodesia, Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia) can be found at the first link on the Blogroll, Africa.

Pop Changes (AMS179)

The course information page has been edited to reflect the changes we discussed in class today. Note the grading rubric: some percentages have shifted.

Thursday we discuss Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust. Surely more than a few people have figured out why this particular text might be included in a unit on zombies. That connection will be a subject of discussion next time, as we attempt to take the zombie metaphor into another register.