Group for ethnomusicologists or anyone interested in music studies
Shipibo indigenous people perform a sophisticated array of vocal musical genres, including short ‘laughing songs’ called osanti. These song-jokes make fun of certain non-humans, mostly animals. They are by definition sung from within the non-humans’ perspective. Osanti are only performed by trained specialists in indigenous medicine and sorce…[Read more]
Andrew J. Eisenberg deposited Mobilising African music: how mobile telecommunications and technology firms are transforming African music sectors in the group Ethnomusicology on Humanities Commons 3 months, 2 weeks ago
This paper explores the role of mobile telecommunication and technology firms (MTTs) in the distribution of recorded music in Ghana and Kenya. These countries both have vibrant music markets with weak formal distribution networks. Limited enforcement of copyright regimes and weak market regulation created new entrepreneurial business models. While…[Read more]
An essay written for the catalog for the exhibition, “Benga: Kenyan Kaleidoscope” (Bureau Sepän). Originally written in English; French translation by Gabriella Seemann.
Abstract from the catalog:
Se référant à une performance musicale à laquelle il a assisté et impliquant l’un des musiciens les plus en vue du Kenya, Dan Aceda, dans cet ess…[Read more]
In this paper we attempt the beginning of a critical study of Amir Khusrau’s contributions to Indian music. A very important book Hazrat Amīr Khusro kā ‘ilm-e-musīqī (The Music of Amir Khusrau), by Rashid Malik, exists in Urdu, which deals extensively with this subject. Unfortunately it is still unavailable in English. This paper draws heavily…[Read more]
In this article we propose to reignite a debate regarding the origin shawm (śahnāī or surnā) that had been started by Nazir Jairazbhoy in 1970 , and taken up by him again in 1980, in response to interesting suggestions by Deva and Dick.
Recently, international media outlets have celebrated São Paulo for its cosmopolitan musical output and its vibrant street art scenes. That discourse connected the city other generative periods in the histories of so-called “global cities,” such as New York of the 1970s. In those cities, the simultaneous developments of multiple creative scenes…[Read more]
Singing while working and working while singing have appeared to be, throughout history, the same social activity without a clear or categorical distinction. In this paper we explore this field in the industrial shoemaking environment in Menorca (Balearic Islands), regarding it as a social process of adaptation and resistance against contemporary…[Read more]
In the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (2011), the eponymous heroine is a collector of ballads, who views her role as the loving preservation of traditional artworks. However, Prudencia’s perspective is challenged by her late-night encounter with the sinister Nick, whose own passion for collecting forces Pru…[Read more]
Catalan Mallorca-born musician Baltasar Samper i Marquès (1888-1966) was one of the most outstanding artists of the first third of the 20th century, forming part of the Catalan musical elite until the outbreak of the civil war. A long exile, first in France and later in Mexico, from where he never returned, has made him an almost forgotten…[Read more]
This chapter emerges from the energies and aspirations of the years leading up to the Scottish Independence Referendum of September 2014, and explores three dramas created during this period: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (David Greig, 2011), The Bloody Great Border Ballad Project (Northern Stage, 2013) and Rantin (Kieran Hurley, 2013). It…[Read more]
Ever since appearing in Disney’s Saludos Amigos (1942), Ary Barroso’s musical ode to the Brazilian motherland, “Brazil,” is among the most recognizable songs circulating in Western Culture about Brazil. This essay shows how the song became detached from its roots as a nationalist samba to represent in audiovisual media such divergent ideas as tro…[Read more]
One could call «industrial musicology» the study of the musical life in factories and workshops. Unlike agrarian societies, there are very few works about industrial workers’ musical activity, neither at the Catalan Countries nor Europe. Ba- sed on British and Catalan scholars’ few theoretical works, our research Música po- pular i in…[Read more]
Taking the idea of a “radical ethnomusicology” from Ed Emery (2017), I want to expose that the fact there is not a normal academic situation for ethnomusicology in the Balearic Islands it is also an opportunity to develop a radical and transforming scholar field, and I also rise some questions that I believe a radical Catalan ethnomusicology…[Read more]
2017 marks the 10th year that there has been a global celebration of open during Open Access Week.
Organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), OA Week celebrates:
“Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those r…[Read more]
A principis dels anys 90, amb el boom del Rock català, comença formar-se tota una escena musical pròpia dels Països Catalans, amb un model de funcionament diferenciat del de l’escena espanyola. Actualment, aquesta escena ha canviat, s’han obert noves vies: per una banda, l’eco del Rock català segueix vigent, mentre que per l’altra es…[Read more]
El cant de la Sibil·la és una tradició medieval que avui encara es canta a l’illa de Mallorca durant la nit de Nadal. Però existeixen traces que demostren el coneixement popular d’aquesta representació a l’illa de Menorca almenys fins al segle XIX.
The Chant of the Sibyl is a medieval tradition that is still sung in the island of Mallorca duri…[Read more]
The Muslim-dominated “Swahili Coast”has always served as a conceptual as well as physical periphery for post-colonial Kenya. This article takes Kenyan youth music under the influence of global hip-hop as an ethnographic entry into the dynamics of identity and citizenship in this region. Kenyan youth music borrows from global hip-hop culture the…[Read more]