Most popular World music books
The most popular World music books currently available. Updated weekly.
The African Imagination in Music offers a fresh introduction to the vast and complex world of Sub-Saharan African music. Through close readings of traditional music and references to popular music, Agawu considers topics including the place of music in society, musical instruments, language and music, and appropriations of African music.
Highlife Giants is an intimate portrait of the pioneering artistes of West Africa's vibrant music scene from the 1920s onwards. It is packed full of inside information from stars including E.T Mensah, Kofo Ghanaba, King Bruce, Bobby Benson, Victor Uwaifo, and Ignace De Souza.
Anyone hoping to discover an overlooked chapter of Caribbean music and music history will be amply rewarded with this Dutch-Caribbean perspective on the pan-Caribbean process of creolization. Jan Brokken's portraits of prominent Dutch Antillean composers are interspersed with cultural and music history.
Music education and identity in an international context
Takes students on a global journey of musical and cultural discovery, exploration, and experience. Through case studies of diverse musicultural traditions, this title illustrates the transformative life of world musics from traditional folk, ritual, and classical genres to contemporary popular and art musics, jazz, and world beat.
Kim combines historical contextualization with political economy of the media and critical textual analysis to investigate the socio-ideological effects of K-Pop in the existing networks of power and domination in gender relations. He examines K-Pop female idols' individualism and identity formation through the lens of Korea's cultural politics.
Petra R. Rivera-Rideau shows how the popular music style reggaeton offers a space for Puerto Rican musicians to express identities that center blackness, forge links across the African diaspora, and critique the popular Puerto Rican discourse of racial democracy, which conceals racism and marginalizes black Puerto Ricans.
College Music Curricula for a New Century considers what a more inclusive and socially engaged curriculum of musical study might look like in universities. Its goal is to create dialogue about how to transition to new paradigms and how they might be implemented in practical terms.
This book draws attention to the reception of Oskar Kolberg's folklorist's work outside of Poland. It also presents the work of other scholars active in Eastern Europe from the nineteenth century to the present day and reflects on how Kolberg's work is being continued by scholars today and how the musical repertoire that he recorded is functioning.
Examines the commonalities and differences among different popular music traditions in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. The text explores the ways in which each tradition developed, evolved, eventually disseminated, and how they gained global reach.
'Music in Bulgaria' , appropriate for use in undergraduate, introductory courses on world music or ethnomusicology, gives an overview of the cultural, historical, and political meaning of traditional Bulgarian music. It examines how traditional Bulgarian music has been preserved over decades of modernization and more.
World Music draws readers into a remarkable range of historical encounters, in which music had the power to evoke the exotic and to give voice to the voiceless. In the course of the volume's eight chapters the reader witnesses music's involvement in the modern world, but also the individual moments and particular histories that are crucial to an understanding of music's diversity.
Presents a case study in the "Global Music" series. This book focuses on the variety of music that fill the eastern Arab world, with special focus on music found in modern day Egypt. Suitable for performer musicians and fieldworkers, it provides an intimate sense of the fabric of the music itself and of aspects of the context of music in Egypt.
This volume, appropriate for use in undergraduate, introductory courses on world music or ethnomusicology, introduces the musical traditions of Bali. The text discusses the ensemble tradition of Balinese music, underscoring the communal nature of the social organization of Bali.
"Sponsored by the Quadrant Global Cultures group ... and by the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota."
In The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich, Joan Titus examines the scores of six of Shostakovich's films, from 1928 through 1936 with an approach that combines film studies, musicology, Russian studies and original scholarship.
"First edition published by Ashgate 2004."
In Balkan Fascination, ethnomusicologist Mirjana Lausevic, a native of the Balkans, investigates this remarkable phenomenon to explore why so many Americans actively participate in specific Balkan cultural practices to which they have no familial or ethnic connection.