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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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Siphithemba—We Give Hope

Siphithemba—We Give Hope

Song and Resilience in a South African Zulu HIV/AIDS Struggle

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(p.285) 24 Siphithemba—We Give Hope
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The Culture of AIDS in Africa
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Austin Chinagorom Okigbo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.003.0024

This chapter focuses on the Siphithemba choir from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Originally affiliated with a mission hospital in the area, Siphithemba includes members who are HIV-positive, and who present themselves as both agents of hope and partners in health to local and international audiences. The chapter shows how the Siphithemba choir’s communal approach to dealing with the exigencies of HIV/AIDS is indicative of an attitude of resilience in the face of the perceived odds of living with this disease. It also examines the group’s songs and activities that demonstrate how its members have adopted Nelson Mandela’s message of AIDS as the “next struggle” into its social, religious, and musical activities. Siphithemba members also use these values as the basis for mutual support and self-determination, thus helping them cope with the challenges of their own lives.

Keywords:   songs, Siphithemba choir, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, HIV/AIDS, Nelson Mandela, self-determination, hope, resilience

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