Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

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

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How do Western images of Africa and African representations of the West mirror each other? In this study, Veit Erlmann seeks to illuminate the complex issues involved in the making of modern identities in Africa, Europe, and the United States, through an examination of two striking episodes in the history of black South African music: the tours of two black South African choirs in England and America in the 1890s, and a series of engagements with the international music industry by South Africa's premier choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo after the release of Paul Simon's Graceland album in 1986.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160.5 x 234.7 x 26.7mm | 703.08g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 19 halftones, 31 line drawings
  • 0195123670
  • 9780195123678
  • 1,756,080

About Veit Erlmann

Veit Erlmann studied musicology, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy in Berlin and Cologne, obtaining a Ph.D. in 1978. He has since done fieldwork in several African countries, and has taught at the University of Natal, the University of Chicago, the University of Witwatersrand, and the Free University of Berlin. He is currently Professor and Endowed Chair in the School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Erlmann's singular achievement lies in his ability to bring various cultural signs (such as microscopic details) into contact with international phenomena (such as the flows of global capital) and to examine their interaction critically ... offers fascinating historical accounts of various specific cultural phenomena ... Erlmann's capacity to sustain numerous methodological dimensions is impressive and wide-ranging. This alone makes Music, Modernity and the
Global Imagination and exemplary contribution to the field of ethnomusicology. * Martib Scherzinger, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 126, 2001 *
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