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Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination: South Africa and the West

Veit Erlmann


How do Western images of Africa and African representations of the West mirror one another? This book examines the complex issues involved in the making of modern identities in Africa, Europe, and the US via a study of two striking episodes in the history of black South African music. The first is a pair of tours of two black South African choirs in England and America in the early 1890s; the second is a series of engagements with the international music industry as experienced by the premier choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, after the release of Paul Simon's celebrated Graceland album in ... More

Keywords: identity, Africa, Europe, US, black South African music, black South African choirs, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Paul Simon, Graceland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195123678
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Veit Erlmann, author
University of Texas, Austin