Fantasies of Home

Veit Erlmann

in Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780195123678
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868797 | DOI:
Fantasies of Home

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This chapter discusses the cultural and historical background of the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Essentially originating from the harsh world of labor migration, isicathamiya is anything but traditional. It has enabled migrant workers to articulate complex and multiply determined identities, while at the same time articulating nostalgia for rootedness and a social order predicated on stable and hierarchical gender relations.

Keywords: isicathamiya; labor migration; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; identity; gender

Chapter.  7376 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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