Week 3, Unsystematic Fingers at the Conditions of the Times: Afropop and the Paradoxes of Imperialism, Neil Lazarus, (Castle)

October 15, 2007

I grew up on Graceland, my parents owned this Paul Simon album and played it regularly. I still love to sing along to the songs, but the Lazarus reading shed light on some of the negative consequences of the release of Graceland that I was unaware of until now. I had no idea how the album was in fact a set back for many budding African performing artists until I learned of how Graceland utilized musical style that was out of date by twenty some years. With the international acclaim of Graceland, the market suddenly changed and recording companies began to expect African musicians to perform similarly to those in Graceland, thus reinforcing the tendency of European and American consumer interests to dominate what Africa produces.

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One Response to “Week 3, Unsystematic Fingers at the Conditions of the Times: Afropop and the Paradoxes of Imperialism, Neil Lazarus, (Castle)”

  1. wess Says:

    Yes this is a very interesting effect in the market place, I wonder what could be done differently here?


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