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Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi is Associate Professor of History at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Tshepo Moloi is Senior Lecturer of History at the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Alda Romão Saúte Saíde is Associate Professor at Pedagogic University in Maputo, Mozambique.
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Chapter 1: Radios of the Liberation Struggle in Southern Africa, Sekibakiba Lekgoathi, Tshepo Moloi and Alda Romão Saúte Saíde
Chapter 2: A Voz da Frelimo and the Liberation of Mozambique, Alda Romão Saúte Saíde
Chapter 3: Angola’s Guerrilla Radios: Popular Memory and Perils of Technology, Marissa Moorman
Chapter 4: Liberation Broadcasting: Engineering a Postcolonial Zimbabwe, Mhoze Chikowero
Chapter 5: Spirit Mediums and Guerrilla Radio in the Zimbabwe War of Liberation, Dumisani Moyo and Crispen Chinaka
Chapter 6: Zapu’s ‘Voice of the Revolution’, Munyaradzi Mushonga, Munyaradzi Nyakudya and Lloyd Hazvineyi
Chapter 7: Reminiscences of Zimbabwe’s War Radio Broadcasters, Munyaradzi Mushonga, Munyaradzi Nyakudya and Lloyd Hazvineyi
Chapter 8: Swapo’s ‘Voice of Namibia’ as an Instrument of Diplomacy, Robert Heinze
Chapter 9: The Struggle for the Airwaves in South Africa, Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu
Chapter 10: Radio Freedom and Black Consciousness in South Africa, Tshepo Moloi
Chapter 11: International Solidarity and Support for the ANC’s Radio Freedom, Sekibakiba Lekgoathi
Chapter 12: In Search of PAC Footprints in Broadcasting, Ali Khangela Hlongwane
This collection of essays on the use of radio by southern African liberation movements offers new insights into the role of media in their independence struggles. With case studies from the Portuguese colonies of Mozambique and Angola and the white settler regimes of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Namibia, and South Africa, it offers a much-needed regional perspective with contributions from scholars of the region. Earlier studies have examined how colonial and settler states employed radio to shape Africans into docile subjects. This volume emphasizes African agency and shows how radio technology was subverted by exiled dissidents. Hampered by low literacy rates, poor roads, and the cost of print materials, they used radio to spread liberation messages, counter government propaganda, and galvanize popular support. Sources include sound recordings, interviews, and archival documents from government, political party, university, and museum collections. Unavoidably, the uneven maintenance and preservation of records have resulted in a volume that is skewed toward the settler states, which were better resourced and more concerned about local security. Liberation movements from these countries were also more successful in accessing outside funds, although they too reduced costs by recording over previous broadcasts. Highly recommended for scholars and academic libraries.— Choice Reviews