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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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Young and Wise in Accra, Ghana

Young and Wise in Accra, Ghana

A Musical Response to AIDS

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(p.299) 25 Young and Wise in Accra, Ghana
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The Culture of AIDS in Africa
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Angela Scharfenberger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.003.0025

This chapter explores the dilemmas Western researchers face in studying AIDS performance groups. Focusing on the Young and Wise Inspirational Choir in Accra, Ghana, it considers how researchers should use the resources available to them to promote the efforts of their consultants. It also describes the social context of performance by the Young and Wise Inspirational Choir, along with the role of the ethnographers as advocates in ethnomusicological fieldwork and writing. It argues that the singers in the Young and Wise choir take their jobs seriously, even as their experience with HIV may be limited to the campaign messages they promote through their songs. By participating in the group, however, these singers also attempt to parlay their public health-based exposure into pop stardom. The chapter looks at the use of medical ethnomusicology in analyzing the phenomenon of musical responses to HIV/AIDS.

Keywords:   researchers, Young and Wise Inspirational Choir, Accra, Ghana, ethnographers, singers, medical ethnomusicology, HIV/AIDS, songs

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