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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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Communities of Style

Communities of Style

Musical Figures of Black Diasporic Identity

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Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Veit Erlmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the song “Mbube” by Solomon Linda, a South African classic and milestone in the evolution of isicathamiya. “Mbube” has become the subject of many cover versions, most notably “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens. Although most of these cover versions are exoticizing Africa, there is also a version performed jointly by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Afro-British female a cappella group, Mint Juleps, which articulates black diasporic consciousness.

Keywords:   isicathamiya, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, diaspora, exoticism, Solomon Linda, Mint Juleps, Tokens, Mbube

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