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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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Dances with Power

Dances with Power

Michael Jackson, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and the Ambiguities of Race

(p.268) 15 Dances with Power
Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Veit Erlmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the collaboration between Michael Jackson and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the music video “Moonwalker”. In comparing Jackson's dance style with that of the South Africans, certain parallels in black body styles become apparent and how these intersect with the aesthetics of MTV, black dance, and popular music in articulating racial difference.

Keywords:   Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Michael Jackson, MTV, dance, body, race, video, Moonwalker

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