Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 June 1999

320 Pages | 19 halftones, 31 line illus, music examples

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195123678

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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? Here, Erlmann 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 1986.