Hero on the Pop Chart

Veit Erlmann

in Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780195123678
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868797 | DOI:
Hero on the Pop Chart

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This chapter focuses on the collaboration between the South African choral isicathamiya group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and US pop star Paul Simon on the Grammy Award winning album “Graceland” in 1986. Far from showcasing the vitality of South African musical tradition alone, a track such as “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” seeks to soften the more strident tonalities of the anti-apartheid struggle by foregrounding collaboration and stylistic closure.

Keywords: Paul Simon; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Graceland; pop music; apartheid; isicathamiya; Grammy

Chapter.  8123 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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