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Nightsong : Performance, Power, and Practice in South Africa - Veit Erlmann


Performance, Power, and Practice in South Africa

By: Veit Erlmann, Joseph Shabalala (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st March 1996
ISBN: 9780226217215
Number Of Pages: 462

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First popularized by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Paul Simon, the a cappella music known as "isicathamiya" has become internationally celebrated as one of South Africa's most vibrant and distinct performance traditions. But Ladysmith Black Mambazo is only one of hundreds of choirs that perform "nightsongs" during weekly all-night competitions in South Africa's cities.
Veit Erlmann provides the first comprehensive interpretation of "isicathamiya" performance practice and its relation to the culture and consciousness of the Zulu migrant laborers who largely compose its choirs. In songs and dances, the performers oppose the class and racial oppression that reduces them to "labor units." At the same time, Erlmann argues, the performers rework dominant images to symbolically reconstruct their "home," an imagined world of Zulu rural tradition and identity.
By contrasting the live performance of "isicathamiya" to its reproduction in mass media, recordings, and international concerts, Erlmann addresses important issues in performance studies and anthropology, and looks to the future of "isicathamiya" live performance in the new South Africa. Featuring an Introduction by Joseph Shabalala, the lead singer and founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the study of music, performance, popular culture, or South Africa.

Video Contents
Figures and Musical Examples
Note on Orthography and Translation
Introduction: Joseph Bekhizizwe Shabalala: A Unifying Force
Performance Theorized
Isicathamiya Performance Represented
The History of Isicathamiya, 1891-1991
The Unhomely: Performers and Migrants
Ekhaya: The Past, the Home, and the Nation Revived
The Home Embodied: Dance and Dress in Isicathamiya
Praise and Prayer: The Rhetoric of Isicathamiya
Attacking with Song: The Aesthetics of Power and Competition
"Strengthening Native Home Life": Isicathamiya and Hegemony
Things Will Come Right: The Political Economy of Noncommercial Performance
"Two Worlds, One Heart": Joseph Shabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo Postscript, 1994
A Select Discography of Isicathamiya
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ISBN: 9780226217215
ISBN-10: 0226217213
Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 1st March 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 2

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