Articles about Ethnic Music: Africa/Middle East

The Role of Indigenous Weddings Songs in Modern Times
Muziki (2013) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 42-51

The indigenous wedding songs are still sung like in the past decades. These songs also convey almost the same messages as they did in the past. This paper seeks to investigate the role of indigenous wedding songs in modern times. ...

Baraka, performative healing and the Moroccan Sufi chant
Performing Islam (2013) Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 247-262

A prominent theme in studies of Islamic religio-philosophical systems has been the supposed uptake of key Greek traditions on health and the body. Even those concerned with mysticism have reflected certain ideological interests: most studies of Sufi tradition focus upon ...

Popular Music in the Zion Christian Church
Muziki (2013) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 19-24

The article dwells, in the main, in rationalizing the popularity of ZCC (Zion Christian Church) worship songs. Lest the point of this paper is misconstrued as a homogenization of the ZCC and the collective of South African black cultural groups, ...

Between Globalisation and Localisation: Contradictory Impacts of the Seventy-Five Per Cent Local Content on the Music Industry in Zimbabwe
Muziki (2013) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 25-41

That the 75 per cent local content policy has transformed the music industry in Zimbabwe is hardly refutable. It is the nature of and permutations of this transformation that have invited competing responses and interpretations. In spite of its controversy, ...

The National Anthem: A Mirror Image of the Zimbabwean Identity?
Muziki (2013) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 52-61

This article parades those attributes in the Zimbabwean National Anthem that make it Zimbabwean. Having shifted from an anthem for Africa as a continent, "Ishe Komborera Africa," the current Zimbabwe national anthem, eulogizes some sense of patriotism, Zimbabwean hegemony and ...

Rachid Taha and the postcolonial presence in French popular music
Performing Islam (2013) Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 185-206

This article considers the work of Rachid Taha from a postcolonial perspective. Taha is the most well-known French Algerian musician working in popular music in France and now has a considerable following in the anglophone world. The article is most ...

The Political-Aesthetic Function of Song and Dance in Zimbabwean Theatre 1980-1996
Muziki (2013) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 1-18

This article focuses on the behaviour of the African body in performance as well as the internal organisation of the songs. In focusing on the body and mechanics of songs I want to investigate how the African body and vocal ...

Music on Dutch Moroccan websites
Performing Islam (2013) Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 291

Music is present online and offline alike, only amplified in volume and diffusion by the increase in audio and visual technology. However, music is controversial as well, when we consider current and long-term debates over acceptance and rejection of music ...

Jihad through "music": The Taliban and Hizbullah
Performing Islam (2013) Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 263-290

This article discusses the cultural politics of the Taliban and Hizbullah. While Hizbullah embraces "resistance art" and encourages purposeful music and artistic expressions as pious entertainment, the Taliban censor music and restrict artistic activities, considering them innovations (bida') that distract ...