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Music, Modernity, and the Global ImaginationSouth Africa and the West$
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Veit Erlmann

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123678.001.0001

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Dream Journeys

Dream Journeys

Techniques of the Self and the Biographical Imagination of Bhekizizwe J. Shabalala

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Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Veit Erlmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the making of Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala — founder and lead singer of Ladysmith Black Mambazo — in two works: a biography authored by two black South African journalists and “Journey of Dreams”, a documentary shot in 1988 by David Lister. Both blend discourses of authenticity and international stardom and thus serve as important vehicles of self-fashioning in the interstices of the global music industry.

Keywords:   Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, music industry, stardom, David Lister

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