Guerrilla Radios in Southern Africa

Broadcasters, Technology, Propaganda Wars, and the Armed Struggle

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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Dimensions and Pages: 229 x 152mm; 280pp
  • Paperback EAN: 978-1-77614-709-0
  • Rights: SA, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique as well as Eswatini and Lesotho
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 420.00

Guerrilla Radios in Southern Africa is a collection of essays on the histories of the different radios of the liberation movements in the region during the era of the armed struggle.
From Angola and Mozambique, to Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, the new technology of radio provided the liberation movements in exile with a platform to address their followers at home, to propagate their ideologies and to counter the propaganda of the oppressive white minority regimes. As the cheapest and most direct medium, guerrilla radios transcended the boundaries imposed by the settler regimes and were widely listened to, albeit within the realm of illegality.
Transnational in its approach, the book explores the workings of these radios from their areas of broadcast in exile, international solidarity, to reception at home where listeners often huddled around their receivers to listen to the messages from the liberation movements, often beyond the gaze of the state. These radios shaped the nature of resistance campaigns that the liberation movements embarked upon in the various countries in the region.

Abbreviations and Acronyms
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

About the Editors
Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi is associate professor of history at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
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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