Manele in Romania

Author: Margaret Beissinger
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442267089
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This edited volume examines manele (sg. manea), an urban Romanian song-dance ethnopop genre that combines local traditional and popular music with Balkan and Middle Eastern elements. The genre is performed primarily by male Romani musicians at weddings and clubs and appeals especially to Romanian and Romani youth. It became immensely popular after the collapse of communism, representing for many the newly liberated social conditions of the post-1989 world. But manele have also engendered much controversy among the educated and professional elite, who view the genre as vulgar and even “alien” to the Romanian national character. The essays collected here examine the “manea phenomenon” as a vibrant form of cultural expression that engages in several levels of social meaning, all informed by historical conditions, politics, aesthetics, tradition, ethnicity, gender, class, and geography.

Music in the Balkans

Author: Jim Samson
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004250387
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This book investigates multiple musical traditions in South East Europe, crossing conventional borders between musicology and ethnomusicology in an attempt to elucidate how music has contributed to the definition of national, regional and social identities in the region.

The Popular Music and Entertainment Culture of Barbados

Author: Curwen Best
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 081087749X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Curwen Best s The Popular Music and Entertainment Culture of Barbados surveys the development of Barbadian popular music and entertainment culture by focusing on pivotal phenomena, artists, and movements in the evolution of Barbadian popular music and culture. Best concentrates, in particular, on transformations since 1980 and 2000 respectively, each of which marked the ushering in of new opportunities and challenges to the creation and dissemination of Barbadian popular music."

Neapolitan Postcards

Author: Goffredo Plastino
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810881608
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Neapolitan Postcards gathers a diverse group of international scholars to investigate unexplored transnational aspects of the intimate yet globally popular canzone napoletana. Performed and beloved worldwide in almost every language, the style had hits such as “Funiculì funiculà” (1880) and “’O sole mio” (1898) which sold millions of copies. These hits fueled the tradition’s spread across the world over the course of the twentieth century with the eventual popularity of covers by singers and musicians of all music genres and styles, from popular music to opera and jazz. This book is the first scholarly work that considers the specific complexities of the international Neapolitan Song scenes through case studies from Argentina, England, Greece, and the United States, employing analyses of compositions, iconographical sources, international films, mechanical musical instruments, performances, and recordings devoted to the canzone napoletana.

The Legacy of Tanzanian Musicians Muhidin Gurumo and Hassan Bitchuka

Author: Frank Gunderson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1498564402
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This work examines the creative lives and careers of Muhidin Maalim Gurumo and Hassan Rehani Bitchuka, two of Tanzania’s most well-known singers in the popular music genre known as muziki wa dansi (literally, "music for dancing"), through an ethnomusicological lens.

Balkan Popular Culture and the Ottoman Ecumene

Author: Donna A. Buchanan
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810866773
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Since the early twentieth century, 'balkanization' has signified the often militant fracturing of territories, states, or groups along ethnic, religious, and linguistic divides. Yet the remarkable similarities found among contemporary Balkan popular music reveal the region as the site of a thriving creative dialogue and interchange. The eclectic interweaving of stylistic features evidenced by Albanian commercial folk music, Anatolian pop, Bosnian sevdah-rock, Bulgarian pop-folk, Greek ethniki mousike, Romanian muzica orientala, Serbian turbo folk, and Turkish arabesk, to name a few, points to an emergent regional popular culture circuit extending from southeastern Europe through Greece and Turkey. While this circuit is predicated upon older cultural confluences from a shared Ottoman heritage, it also has taken shape in active counterpoint with a variety of regional political discourses. Containing eleven ethnographic case studies, Balkan Popular Culture and the Ottoman Ecumene: Music, Image, and Regional Political Discourse examines the interplay between the musicians and popular music styles of the Balkan states during the late 1990s. These case studies, each written by an established regional expert, encompass a geographical scope that includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, and Montenegro. The book is accompanied by a VCD that contains a photo gallery, sound files, and music video excerpts.

Encyclopedia of Tango

Author: Gabriel Valiente
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781496083173
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Tango, declared cultural heritage of Buenos Aires in 1998 and intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the UNESCO in 2009, is probably the only cultural manifestation throughout history that embodies music, dance, and poetry. This encyclopedia gives a detailed account of tango recordings before, during, and after the golden age of tango, along with tango orchestras, musicians, and singers.

Celtic Modern

Author: Martin Stokes
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0585482829
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This resource offers an opportunity to reflect critically on some of the insistent 'othering' that has accompanied much cultural production in and on the Celtic World, and that have prohibited serious critical engagement with what are sometimes described as the 'traditional' and 'folk' music of Europe.