Articles about Ethnomusicology

Towards The History of Ideas in Ethnomusicology: Theory and Methods Between the Late 18th and The Early 20th Century
Musicologist (2018) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 1-31

"The history of ethnomusicology is the history of ideas and concepts of why and how to deal with expressive practices in social formations which are usually located outside the researcher’s primary cultural experience. Ideas in ethnomusicology (comparative musicology, anthropology of ...

Tradition, still remains: sustainability through ruin in Vietnamese music for diversion
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 146-171

Performing traditional music in Vietnam presents for many a decisive way to establish oneself as part of history, part of the present and a strategist of future cultural function. In this article, I describe how musicians in southern Vietnam deploy ...

Light rhythms and heavy spirits: entertaining listeners through gnawa musical and ritual adaptations in Morocco
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 172-190

Moroccan musicians conflate sacred and popular sounds within diverse and malleable rituals across the country. Their efforts are aimed at negotiating and appeasing their various audiences: clients in need of healing, family and friends looking for an evening of entertainment, ...

Response to 'Rethinking music's status as adaptation versus technology: a niche construction perspective'
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 234-236

Despite many good arguments in Killin's article, his refusal to acknowledge and confront the actual authors of the theories he challenges, his overly selective approach to identifying appropriate ethnomusicological data, his criticism of the disciplinary trajectory of ethnomusicology and his ...

Singing the war: reconfiguring white upper-class identity through fusion music in post-war Lima
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 191-209

Between 1980 and 2000, Peru was engulfed in an internal war confronting the state and two armed groups, the Shining Path and the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. In the aftermath, violence was replaced by silence along with distrust, disunity and ...