The Kalahari Desert Festival: Music and Dance as a Celebration of Heritage and Identity Amongst the ǂKhomani San

dc.contributor.advisorBruinders, Sylvia
dc.contributor.authorAdams, Eshcha
dc.date.accessioned2024-03-28T09:38:06Z
dc.date.available2024-03-28T09:38:06Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.date.updated2024-03-28T08:22:45Z
dc.description.abstractThe Kalahari Desert Festival is a significant annual festival, which provides a platform for local ǂKhomani San and related regional communities to celebrate their heritage and identity through music, dance and other art forms. Held on indigenous lands in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, I discuss how the festival emerged as an important site of San cultural sustainability and appreciation since its establishment in 2013. To contextualise my discussion, I discuss the various ways indigenous people in southern Africa have been historically marginalised as a direct cause of colonialism and apartheid, and the subsequent scholarship on various San cultural practices including music and language, which have disproportionately been framed through dominant western scholarship. Within this context, I explore emerging decolonial scholarly literature and approaches which have been undertaken by black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) scholars in South Africa. By employing a method of historical reconstruction gleaned from interviews, proposals, news articles, footage and in-person experience at the Kalahari Desert Festival, I provide a detailed historical outline of the festival during its seven-year run between 2013–2019. Furthermore, I position the festival as a platform and catalyst for the celebration of heritage and identity, highlighting the significance of a cultural festival which is geographically ‘on the margins', by intentionally centring historically marginalised people. By presenting several emerging concepts and themes centred around cultural sustainability, I discuss how the festival can be seen as a catalytic space which promotes heritage and identity in various symbolic ways – helping local communities claim dignity, pride and agency towards self-determination as indigenous people within a post-apartheid socio-political South African climate. The Kalahari Desert Festival has, until my current discussion, never been the focus of any academic research studies. Being relatively new, I believe it is a significant research focal point, as I explore ideas of heritage, identity, cultural sustainability and artistic expression amongst the ǂKhomani San and beyond.
dc.identifier.apacitationAdams, E. (2023). <i>The Kalahari Desert Festival: Music and Dance as a Celebration of Heritage and Identity Amongst the ǂKhomani San</i>. (). ,Faculty of Humanities ,College of Music. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/39268en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationAdams, Eshcha. <i>"The Kalahari Desert Festival: Music and Dance as a Celebration of Heritage and Identity Amongst the ǂKhomani San."</i> ., ,Faculty of Humanities ,College of Music, 2023. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/39268en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationAdams, E. 2023. The Kalahari Desert Festival: Music and Dance as a Celebration of Heritage and Identity Amongst the ǂKhomani San. . ,Faculty of Humanities ,College of Music. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/39268en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Adams, Eshcha AB - The Kalahari Desert Festival is a significant annual festival, which provides a platform for local ǂKhomani San and related regional communities to celebrate their heritage and identity through music, dance and other art forms. Held on indigenous lands in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, I discuss how the festival emerged as an important site of San cultural sustainability and appreciation since its establishment in 2013. To contextualise my discussion, I discuss the various ways indigenous people in southern Africa have been historically marginalised as a direct cause of colonialism and apartheid, and the subsequent scholarship on various San cultural practices including music and language, which have disproportionately been framed through dominant western scholarship. Within this context, I explore emerging decolonial scholarly literature and approaches which have been undertaken by black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) scholars in South Africa. By employing a method of historical reconstruction gleaned from interviews, proposals, news articles, footage and in-person experience at the Kalahari Desert Festival, I provide a detailed historical outline of the festival during its seven-year run between 2013–2019. Furthermore, I position the festival as a platform and catalyst for the celebration of heritage and identity, highlighting the significance of a cultural festival which is geographically ‘on the margins', by intentionally centring historically marginalised people. By presenting several emerging concepts and themes centred around cultural sustainability, I discuss how the festival can be seen as a catalytic space which promotes heritage and identity in various symbolic ways – helping local communities claim dignity, pride and agency towards self-determination as indigenous people within a post-apartheid socio-political South African climate. The Kalahari Desert Festival has, until my current discussion, never been the focus of any academic research studies. Being relatively new, I believe it is a significant research focal point, as I explore ideas of heritage, identity, cultural sustainability and artistic expression amongst the ǂKhomani San and beyond. DA - 2023 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Music LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2023 T1 - ETD: The Kalahari Desert Festival: Music and Dance as a Celebration of Heritage and Identity Amongst the ǂKhomani San TI - ETD: The Kalahari Desert Festival: Music and Dance as a Celebration of Heritage and Identity Amongst the ǂKhomani San UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/39268 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/39268
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationAdams E. The Kalahari Desert Festival: Music and Dance as a Celebration of Heritage and Identity Amongst the ǂKhomani San. []. ,Faculty of Humanities ,College of Music, 2023 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/39268en_ZA
dc.language.rfc3066eng
dc.publisher.departmentCollege of Music
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanities
dc.subjectMusic
dc.titleThe Kalahari Desert Festival: Music and Dance as a Celebration of Heritage and Identity Amongst the ǂKhomani San
dc.typeThesis / Dissertation
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters
dc.type.qualificationlevelMaster of Music
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