Post-Apartheid South African choral music: an analysis of integrated musical styles with specific examples by contemporary South African composers
The use of music as a social and political symbol in South Africa did not end with the fall of apartheid. In fact, some of the music in post-apartheid South Africa encountered a significant change — from protest music to reconciliatory music. For example, several white South African composers have intentionally juxtaposed, borrowed, imitated and quoted indigenous African music to bring attention to the issues of race relations within their country. In addition, these composers have made use of African musical styles to show appreciation for the indigenous culture of South Africa and have been rewarded with a fascinating palette of rhythms, harmonies, timbres, and texts.