"[The book] offers important and thoroughly detailed discussions of the movements of musics, peoples and ideologies...[It] merit[s] the seious attention of the general ethnomusicological reader."--2000 Yearbook for Traditional Music
"This is a rich, multidisciplinary work is destined to interest a broad range of scholars... A reliable survey as well as a significant contribution to the literature on trans-nationalism, modernization and globalization. In addition, this book's perspectives speak to the current academic discussion in South Africa on biography and autobiography as genres mediating national narratives of political transition." African Studies Quaterly
"An important contribution to current thinking about the place of music in cultural work, the nature of the relationship between the West and South Africa, and the prospects for making histories of Africa that look beyond Europe's long-standing and self-serving frames. Anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, historians, cultural theorists, and Africanists will find much of value in this work."--World of Music
About the Author
studied musicology, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy in Berlin and Cologne, obtaining a Ph.D. in 1978. He has since done fieldwork in several African countries, and has taught at the University of Natal, the University of Chicago, the University of Witwatersrand, and the Free University of Berlin. He is currently Professor and Endowed Chair in the School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.