South African Musicians' Alliance

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South African Musicians' Alliance
South Africa

The South African Musicians' Alliance (SAMA) is a union, artist collective, and resistance movement formed by musicians in South Africa who opposed the censorship and suppression of the apartheid regime.[1] The alliance was formed sometime before 1983.[2] SAMA musicians flouted the government's imposed racial segregation and restrictions on music content.[1] Three of SAMA's priorities were freedom of speech, freedom of movement, and freedom of association.[1]

One prominent spokesperson of the organisation was pianist Rashid Lanie.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b c Hall, Patricia (ed.). "Censorship from Apartheid to Post-Apartheid South Africa". The Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship. Oxford University Press. p. 597. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. ^ Ansell, Gwen, ed. (2005). "Jazz for the Struggle, and the Struggle for Jazz". Soweto Blues: Jazz, Popular Music, and Politics in South Africa. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-8264-1753-4. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  3. ^ Martin, Denis-Constant (2013). "Two Decades of Freedom". Sounding the Cape: Music, Identity and Politics in South Africa. African Minds. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-920489-82-3. OCLC 855547885. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  4. ^ Garofalo, Reebee (1992). Rockin' the Boat: Mass Music and Mass Movements. South End Press. p. 196.

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