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Veit Erlmann teaches at the University of Texas at Austin where he is the holder of the Endowed Chair in Music History. Born in Germany, he studied musicology, sociology, anthropology and philosophy in Berlin and Cologne. He has done fieldwork in several African countries such as Cameroon, Niger, Ghana, South Africa and Lesotho. Previous appointments include the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, the University of Chicago and the Free University of Berlin. Among his most recent publications are African Stars: Studies in Black South African Performance (Chicago, 1991), Nightsong: Performance, Power and Practice in South Africa (Chicago, 1996), and Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination: South Africa and the West (New York, 1999) which was awarded the Alan P. Merriam Prize in 2000. Erlmann's area specialization is in West, Central and Southern Africa, and Indonesia. His current research interests include globalization, modernity, media, world music, diaspora, and the history of sound.