Zimbabwe’s Politics of Violence as shown in Music from the Liberation Struggle to the Post Independent State


  • Peter Chiridza Zimbabwe Open University
  • Washington Chirambaguwa
  • Sarah Yeukai Mukungurutse


political violence, music, culture and Zimbabwean politics.


The paper is an exposition on how violence is/ (has been) inherent in Zimbabwe’s political struggles. This violence is shown through music. The paper shall look at the songs that were sung during the liberation struggle that are in Pongweni’s Songs That Won the Liberation War. In the post independent state songs by the MDC choir and the Mbare Chimurenga Choir shall be analyzed. Content and discourse analyses shall be used as methodological tools to analyze the music. Although violence during the liberation struggle could be seen as constructive in Fanonian terms, this paper notes that the culture of violence did not die and continued into the post independent state, and has become unrefreshing. The paper will conclude by noting that Zimbabwe’s music shows that the culture of violence in politics seems to be so embedded and that it will take a drastic paradigm shift in the political landscape to have any corresponding transformation in Zimbabwe’s musical thrust.



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How to Cite

Chiridza, P., Chirambaguwa, W., & Mukungurutse, S. Y. (2015). Zimbabwe’s Politics of Violence as shown in Music from the Liberation Struggle to the Post Independent State. Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, 3(4). Retrieved from https://ajouronline.com/index.php/AJHSS/article/view/2679