08: Gold Mines & Gum Boots

Craig and Betty Sibongile Dlamini from Indiana University explore the role of language, music, and dance in southern African mines and the positivity that emerged from hardships endured by miners. The history and origins of South African gumboot dancing are explained in this week’s episode.

Audio examples in this week’s show are from a recording by Stephen Bess of LeSole’s Dance Project and UMOJA: The Spirit of Togetherness.


Gumboot Guitar – Zulu Street Guitar Music From South Africa
Gumboots: An Explosion of Spirit & Song

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