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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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Contemporary Uses of the Musical Arts in Botswana’s HIV/AIDS Health Education Initiatives

Contemporary Uses of the Musical Arts in Botswana’s HIV/AIDS Health Education Initiatives

The Case of the Radio Serial Drama Makgabaneng

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(p.144) 13 Contemporary Uses of the Musical Arts in Botswana’s HIV/AIDS Health Education Initiatives
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The Culture of AIDS in Africa
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Abimbola Cole

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.003.0013

This chapter expands existing work on AIDS-themed radio serial dramas by examining how contemporary music, theater, and health education came together in the 2001 Botswana production Makgabaneng. It begins with an overview of the radio serial drama, its cultural context, and its significance in Botswana’s national life and community. Using the case of Makgabaneng, it then considers the serial drama’s role as a contemporary form of musical arts education capable of conveying health care objectives and details related to psycho-medical care as described in Botswana’s national HIV/AIDS goals and policies. It also looks at the ways in which Makgabaneng establishes communities of listeners whose lives are intertwined with the imagined worlds of the serial drama’s characters. This chapter offers a window into how Makgabaneng functions as a contemporary musical arts endeavor reflecting everyday situations in Botswana that raise national consciousness about HIV/AIDS.

Keywords:   radio serial dramas, music, theater, health education, Botswana, Makgabaneng, musical arts, health care, HIV/AIDS

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