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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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Hero on the Pop Chart

Hero on the Pop Chart

Paul Simon and the Aesthetics of World Music

(p.179) 10 Hero on the Pop Chart
Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Veit Erlmann

Oxford University Press

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

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