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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mozambican national anthems: Memory, performance, and nation-building
by Curtis, Katherine June, M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2010, 77; 1478118
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the national anthems of Mozambique. Crises in Mozambique’s history prompted the search for a new national anthem three times, with only two of the searches ended in a new national anthem—namely, “ Viva, Viva a FRELIMO” the anthem adopted at independence and the current national anthem “Patria Amada.” Using theory from ethnomusicology, anthropology, political science and others, the role of these national anthems in national unification and cultural solidification are discussed. In order to analyze the anthems of Mozambique, national anthems will be explored as static symbols and performed rituals. The history of Mozambique from its first contact with colonization through the present day will add insight to the associations that make anthems powerful in those roles.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Provine, Robert C.
Commitee: Meer, Laurie Frederik, Witzleben, J. Lawrence
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African Studies, Music, Political science
Keywords: Ethnomusicology, Mozambique, National anthem, Nationalism, Ritual, Symbol
Publication Number: 1478118
ISBN: 978-1-124-07550-1
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