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Professor Harri Englund: Gogo Breeze: Zambia’s Radio Elder and the Voices of Free Speech

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Professor Harri Englund: Gogo Breeze: Zambia’s Radio Elder and the Voices of Free Speech

 

A self-styled grandfather on air, Gogo Breeze seeks intimacy over the airwaves and dispenses advice on a wide variety of grievances and transgressions. Multiple voices are broadcast and juxtaposed through call-ins and dialogue, but free speech finds its ally in the radio elder who, by allowing people to be heard and supporting their claims, reminds authorities of their obligations towards the disaffected.

 

By drawing on ethnographic insights into political communication, Englund presents multivocal morality as an alternative to dominant Euro-American perspectives, displacing the simplistic notion of voice as individual personal property—an idea common in both policy and activist rhetoric. Instead, Englund focuses on the creativity and polyphony of Zambian radio while raising important questions about hierarchy, elderhood and ethics in the public sphere.

 

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