Communities of Style

Veit Erlmann

in Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

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

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This chapter focuses on the song “Mbube” by Solomon Linda, a South African classic and milestone in the evolution of isicathamiya. “Mbube” has become the subject of many cover versions, most notably “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens. Although most of these cover versions are exoticizing Africa, there is also a version performed jointly by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Afro-British female a cappella group, Mint Juleps, which articulates black diasporic consciousness.

Keywords: isicathamiya; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; diaspora; exoticism; Solomon Linda; Mint Juleps; Tokens; Mbube

Chapter.  8183 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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