Motif: Masquerade

Masquerade – survival-techniques of creating outward forms (masks) – through sound, symbol, dress, movement etc. – that appeased adversarial forces while maintaining the deeper integrity of the BaNtu universe and its oral-aesthetic mission. The masquerade motif also recalls the Minstrelsy era – in which the Entertainment Industry was built around whites in blackface lampooning African culture – an era which ended with the cultural assertiveness of the Jazz Age, as evident in Black Popular Music… 


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