Dances with Power

Veit Erlmann

in Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780195123678
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868797 | DOI:
Dances with Power

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This chapter discusses the collaboration between Michael Jackson and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the music video “Moonwalker”. In comparing Jackson's dance style with that of the South Africans, certain parallels in black body styles become apparent and how these intersect with the aesthetics of MTV, black dance, and popular music in articulating racial difference.

Keywords: Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Michael Jackson; MTV; dance; body; race; video; Moonwalker

Chapter.  4744 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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