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Music, Modernity, and the Global ImaginationSouth Africa and the West$
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Veit Erlmann

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123678.001.0001

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“God's Own Country”

“God's Own Country”

Black America, South Africa, and the Spirituals

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Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Veit Erlmann

Oxford University Press

After the failure of the first tour to England, members of the African Choir regrouped and undertook a second tour of England, Canada, and the United States. This chapter chronicles this epic journey and how it lead to the foundation of the A.M.E. Church in South Africa. African-American spirituals played a key role in these black diasporic contacts and were at the center of an emerging black counter-public.

Keywords:   United States, Canada, England, A.M.E, Ethiopianism, African-American, spirituals, diaspora

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