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Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati

by Mickie Mwanzia Koster, Msia Kibona Clark, Sheba Lo & Rico Chapman et al. Lexington Books (October 30, 2014)

This book explores the role of hip hop in grassroots changes occurring today in Africa. It argues that artists use hip hop to confront social structures and reveals the complexity and dynamic nature of African...


Hip Hop's Inheritance: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Hip Hop Feminist Movement

by Reiland Rabaka Lexington Books (March 31, 2011)

Hip Hop's Inheritance arguably offers the first book-length treatment of what hip hop culture has, literally, 'inherited' from the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts movement, the Feminist Art movement, and...


Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology

by David G. Hebert, Jonathan McCollum, Ann E. Lucas & Judah M. Cohen et al. Lexington Books (September 11, 2014)

Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology demonstrates various ways that new approaches to historiography––and the related application of new technologies––impact the work of ethnomusicologists...


Lyrical Nationalism in Post-Apartheid Namibia: Kings, Christians, and Cosmopolitans in Catholic Youth Songs

by Wendi A. Haugh Lexington Books (June 25, 2014)

This book explores how young people living in a former ethnic homeland in post-apartheid Namibia imagine the nation through songs they compose and perform. The author argues that these Oshiwambo-speaking youth...


Palestinian Music and Song: Expression and Resistance since 1900

by Moslih Kanaaneh, Stig-Magnus Thorsén, Heather Bursheh & David A. McDonald Indiana University Press (November 07, 2013)

Drawing from a long history of indigenous traditions and incorporating diverse influences of surrounding cultures, music in Palestine and among the millions of Palestinians in diaspora offers a unique window...


Women's Songs from West Africa

by Thomas A Hale & Aissata G Sidikou Indiana University Press (December 02, 2013)

Exploring the origins, organization, subject matter, and performance contexts of singers and singing, Women's Songs from West Africa expands our understanding of the world of women in West Africa and their complex...


Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage

by Caroline Bithell Scarecrow Press (May 25, 2007)

This book is an ethnomusicological investigation into traditional and contemporary music in Corsica, with a critical analysis of associated theoretical and ideological issues, focusing particularly on the evolution...


The Duduk and National Identity in Armenia

by Andy Nercessian Scarecrow Press (August 28, 2001)

The book is an outline of the Armenian duduk, a cylindrical double-reed aerophone made of apricot-wood, and its relation to the Armenian identity. It attempts to deepen our understanding of musical instruments...


The Repertoire of Iraqi Maqam

by Rob Simms Scarecrow Press (December 23, 2003)

The classical music of Iraq, known as Iraqi Maqam, features classical and vernacular poetry sung by a virtuoso soloist and accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. It is a remarkably cosmopolitan art, sharing...


Music in Kenyan Christianity: Logooli Religious Song

by Jean Ngoya Kidula Indiana University Press (September 11, 2013)

This sensitive study is a historical, cultural, and musical exploration of Christian religious music among the Logooli of Western Kenya. It describes how new musical styles developed through contact with popular...


Yogaku: Japanese Music in the 20th Century

by Luciana Galliano & Martin Mayes Scarecrow Press (November 19, 2002)

Yogaku discusses over a century of musical activity in Japan, detailing, in particular, the music that was inspired by Western music after the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century, and its development through...


Postmodernism and Globalization in Ethnomusicology: An Epistemological Problem

by Andy H. Nercessian Scarecrow Press (March 26, 2002)

Is the music world clinging to an outdated school of thought in ethnomusicology? Nercessian shows how the theory of cultural relativism continues to detrimentally pervade ethnomusicological thought, and then...


Empire of Song: Europe and Nation in the Eurovision Song Contest

by Dafni Tragaki Scarecrow Press (June 21, 2013)

Essays in Empire of Song adopt theoretical and epistemological orientations in their exploration of “popular music” within ethnomusicology and critical musicology, questioning the idea of “Europe” and...


Origins of Cuban Music and Dance: Changü

by Benjamin Lapidus Scarecrow Press (October 17, 2008)

This book is a study of changüí, a particular style of music and dance in Guantánamo, Cuba, and the roots of son, the style of music that contributed to the development of salsa, in Eastern Cuba. The book...


Revival and Reconciliation: Sacred Music in the Making of European Modernity

by Philip V. Bohlman Scarecrow Press (May 16, 2013)

Drawing upon three decades of research in European sacred music, Philip V. Bohlman calls for a re-examination of European modernity in the twenty first century, a modernity shaped no less by canonic religious...


To the Ends of the Earth: Northern Soul and Southern Nights in Western Australia

by Paul Mercieca, Anne Chapman & Marnie O'Neill UPA (April 04, 2013)

Northern Soul is a cultural phenomenon twice removed from its original source in Britain in the late 1960s. By giving voice to the members of this scene, this book explores theories about how identity and cultural...


Song and Social Change in Latin America

by Lauren E. Shaw, Lisette Balabarca, Phillip J. Chidester & Juan Carlos Ureña et al. Lexington Books (March 15, 2013)

Politics and music are intertwined in this study of different musical forms in Latin America from the twentieth century to the present as scholars from diverse disciplines analyze various musical genres contextualized...


Celtic Modern: Music at the Global Fringe

by Martin Stokes & Philip V. Bohlman Scarecrow Press (September 15, 2003)

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...


Creating Global Music in Turkey

by Koray Degirmenci Lexington Books (January 04, 2013)

Creating Global Music in Turkey mainly analyzes how the local and global interact in the very place that is defined as the “local” by the global cultural system. It examines the different music traditions...


Modernity, Complex Societies, and the Alphorn

by Charlotte Vignau Lexington Books (February 01, 2013)

This easily accessible book offers a pioneering study about the alphorn, its music, and its performance, based on extensive field research in Switzerland and other countries. It also offers new insights about...


Music in Puerto Rico: A Reader's Anthology

by Donald Thompson Scarecrow Press (February 13, 2002)

Thompson's book provides a glimpse into a society in which cultures intersect and in which magic was born in the form of the popular salsa. Musicians, musicologists, historians, students of Hispanic culture,...


Highlife Saturday Night: Popular Music and Social Change in Urban Ghana

by Nathan Plageman Indiana University Press (December 19, 2012)

Highlife Saturday Night captures the vibrancy of Saturday nights in Ghana-when musicians took to the stage and dancers took to the floor-in this penetrating look at musical leisure during a time of social, political,...


The New (Ethno)musicologies

by Henry Stobart, Laudan Nooshin, Caroline Bithell & Philip V. Bohlman et al. Scarecrow Press (May 05, 2008)

This collection of essays addresses and critically examines key issues in contemporary ethnomusicology. Set in two parts, the volume explores ethnomusicology's shifting disciplinary relationships and plots a...


Black Lives Matter and Music

by Stephanie Shonekan, Fernando Orejuela & Portia K. Maultsby Indiana University Press (August 10, 2018)

Music has always been integral to the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, with songs such as Kendrick Lamar’s "Alright," J. Cole’s "Be Free," D’Angelo and the Vanguard's "The Charade," The...


Music and Words

by Patrick M. Patterson Lexington Books (October 15, 2018)

Composer Nakayama Shimpei (1887-1952) wrote more than 300 popular songs in his lifetime. Most are still well known and recorded regularly. An entrepreneur, he found ways to create popular songs that powered...


We Are the Music Makers!

by Timothy Duffy & Denise Duffy The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2019)

America tells its stories through song. Consolation to the lovelorn, courage to the oppressed, warning to the naive, or a ticket to the Promised Land, a great song can deliver the wisdom of ages directly to...


Music Makers

by Timothy Duffy The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2019)

When he was in graduate school in the late 1980s, Timothy Duffy began documenting the "roots" music styles of largely forgotten southern musicians in a series of field recordings. Recognizing that too many artists...


The Gnawa Lions

by Christopher Witulski Indiana University Press (August 06, 2018)

1. Gnawa music, traditional Moroccan ritual music has become widely popular and is now played in cafes, nightclubs and at festivals. In this book Christopher Witulski looks at how this ritual music has been...


The Legacy of Tanzanian Musicians Muhidin Gurumo and Hassan Bitchuka

by Frank Gunderson & Hassan Rehani Bitchuka Lexington Books (August 15, 2018)

Muhidin Maalim Gurumo and Hassan Rehani Bitchuka are two of Tanzania’s most well-known singers in the popular music genre known as muziki wa dansi (literally, 'music for dancing'), a variation of the Cuban-based...


Music and Media in the Arab World

by Michael Frishkopf The American University in Cairo Press (September 01, 2010)

Since the turn of the twentieth century the dramatic rise of mass media has profoundly transformed music practices in the Arab world. Music has adapted to successive forms of media disseminationfrom phonograph...


Female Highlife Performers in Ghana

by Nana Abena Amoah-Ramey & A. B. Assensoh Lexington Books (July 15, 2018)

This book offers a detailed analysis of the history of female musicians in the Highlife music tradition of the Republic of Ghana, particularly the challenges and constraints these women faced and overcame. Highlife...


Mohammad Reza Shajarian's Avaz in Iran and Beyond, 1979-2010

by Rob Simms & Amir Koushkani Lexington Books (March 22, 2012)

Mohammad Reza Shajarian’s Avaz in Iran and Beyond, 1979–2010 is a comprehensive study of the legacy of Mohammad Reza Shajarian, the greatest living exponent of avaz, the traditional art of singing classical...


Lullabies and Battle Cries

by Jaime Rollins Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

Set against a volatile political landscape, Irish republican culture has struggled to maintain continuity with the past, affirm legitimacy in the present, and generate a sense of community for the future. Lullabies...


Singing Yoruba Christianity

by Vicki L. Brennan Indiana University Press (January 25, 2018)

Singing the same song is a central part of the worship practice for members of the Cherubim and Seraphim Christian Church in Lagos, Nigeria. Vicki L. Brennan reveals that by singing together, church members...


Jazz Transatlantic, Volume I

by Gerhard Kubik University Press of Mississippi (October 17, 2017)

In Jazz Transatlantic, Volume I, renowned scholar Gerhard Kubik takes the reader across the Atlantic from Africa to the Americas and then back in pursuit of the music we call jazz. This first volume explores...


Musical Romania and the Neighbouring Cultures

by Laura Vasiliu, Florin Luchian & Loredana Iatesen Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (September 08, 2014)

This book represents the volume of the International Musicological Conference «Musical Romania and Neighbouring Cultures. Traditions, Influences, Identities», which took place in Iasi (Romania) and was organised...


The Happiness in Child-Raising

by Tatsuo Yamamura & Hanns Stekel Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (January 08, 2016)

The book shows the importance for parents to encourage a child’s imagination. Imagination has a strong connection to language and logical thinking for a child in learning and it promotes their sociability...


Images of The Apocalypse in African American Blues and Spirituals

by Malgorzata Ziólek-Sowinska Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (March 14, 2017)

This book explores the recurrence of Apocalyptic motifs and imagery in blues and spirituals recorded by blues musicians. It looks at the ways in which Black Americans portray Apocalypse ideas about the Last...


Post-Tonal Affinities in Piano Works of Bartók, Chen, and Crumb

by Monica Kang Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (August 05, 2016)

The book explores cellular pivots as a new means of progression, functional tonality having disappeared in much of contemporary music. Béla Bartók can be seen as a kind of father figure to the other two composers,...


Translation and Popular Music

by Sebnem Susam-Saraeva Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (November 27, 2015)

Research on translation and music has so far focused mainly on «art music» and on issues such as quality, singability and accessibility. Studies which seek to embed translation and music within their historical...


Text and Tune

by Teresa Proto, Paolo Canettieri & Gianluca Valenti Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (November 27, 2015)

This book offers an overview of issues related to the regulated, formal organization of sound and speech in verse intended for singing. Particularly, it is concerned with the structural properties and underlying...


They Bear Acquaintance

by Nancy L. Graham Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers (February 15, 2017)

Identifying the roots of African American spirituals and other religious folk music has intrigued academics, hymnologists and song leaders since this genre came to the public eye in 1867. The conversation on...


New Crops, Old Fields

by Conor Caldwell & Eamon Byers Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers (February 07, 2017)

From our homes to our houses of government, from our schoolyards to our stadia, from our galleries to our gable walls, folklore is not only preserved but continues to be reimagined in all aspects of everyday...


Hip Hop DJs and the Evolution of Technology

by André Sirois Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers (March 10, 2016)

Using interviews with world-renowned and innovative hip-hop DJs, as well as technology manufacturers that cater to the market/culture, this book reveals stories behind some of the iconic DJ technologies that...


Extensions of African Cultures in Brazil

by Gerhard Kubik Diasporic Africa Press (October 26, 2017)

Brazil owes a significant portion of its social and cultural heritage of several West and Central African cultures. Due to his intensive knowledge of the African culture renown ethnomusicologist Gerhard Kubik...


Bantu Contribution in Brazilian Popular Music

by Kazadi wa Mukuna Diasporic Africa Press (October 26, 2017)

Bantu Contribution in Brazilian Popular Music: Ethnomusicological Perspectives is a seminal work that spearheaded the new trend in ethnomusicology, when this discipline shifted the focus of its objective from...


Angola in the Black Cultural Expressions of Brazil

by Gerhard Kubik Diasporic Africa Press (October 26, 2017)

The transplantation of African musical cultures to the Americas was a multi-track and multi-time process. In the past many historical studies of African diaspora music, dance and other aspects of expressive...


May We Forever Stand

by Imani Perry The University of North Carolina Press (February 02, 2018)

The twin acts of singing and fighting for freedom have been inseparable in African American history. May We Forever Stand tells an essential part of that story. With lyrics penned by James Weldon Johnson in...


Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters

by Bob W. White Indiana University Press (November 24, 2011)

"World music" emerged as a commercial and musical category in the 1980s, but in some sense music has always been global. Through the metaphor of encounters, Music and Globalization explores the dynamics that...


The Other Classical Musics

by Michael Church Boydell Press (March 17, 2016)

Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Creative Communication 2015

There is a treasure trove of underappreciated music out there; this book will convince many to explore it.The Economist

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