In his review of Sounding the Cape: Music, Identity and Politics in South Africa, Jonathan Gregory praises the book and its author, Denis-Constant Martin, for the contribution it has made to the understanding of Cape Town’s music and society:
What Martin does … is to show how musical developments in Cape Town were the ‘outcome of a dialectics of internal and external dynamics that operate even in conditions of oppression’ (380). The argument is profound. ‘It shows that the desire to create a “united South African nation” […] is not an unrealistic wish, but that this new South African nation can be erected on foundations which have been laid in the past, amidst the torments and sufferings caused by racism, segregation and apartheid’ (380–381).
Read the full review as it appeared in the Journal of Musical Arts in Africa (Vol 12, 1&2) here.