“We sang our way to victory” – An Un-Intrusive Exploration into the Music and Singing of the oppressed, during the Colonialisation of Africa.

by Asa Towers
This paper aims to explore the significance of music during colonialisation in Africa and the consequential liberation movements. We shall be considering the history of colonialisation and, with the use of three highly influential pieces of literature, we will analyse the story of music in amongst the oppression and struggle. This paper identifies three characteristics of music which it deems integral to its ability to provoke happiness and togetherness. These three characteristics are as follows; its invincible nature, its tendency for collaboration, and its capacity to share messages. These aspects of music are the foundation for its success in terms of encouraging strength and unity in highly oppressed communities.