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The Culture of AIDS in AfricaHope and Healing Through Music and the Arts$
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Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.001.0001

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To Sing of AIDS in Uganda

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The Culture of AIDS in Africa
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Judah M. Cohen

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.003.0011

This chapter shares its author’s experience in Uganda, where the drama group at the Mbarara chapter of The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) sing, dance, and act out a message of hope in the face of the AIDS epidemic. The Drama Group in Mbarara includes members who are HIV-positive, singing choral songs and rousing the audience to fight AIDS, to get tested for HIV, and to remember that everyone—including priests, doctors, and school headmasters—is susceptible to the disease. Their case highlights the valuable role played by music in helping communities negotiate the often contradictory messages they are hearing about AIDS. Aside from being a crucial factor in disseminating information about HIV/AIDS, music also helps Ugandans provide information about AIDS research and treatments available in a culturally robust context.

Keywords:   songs, Uganda, drama, Mbarara, The AIDS Support Organization, dance, AIDS epidemic, music

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