On the sixth volume of the set, expert writers present the major traditions of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, together with personal accounts of performers, composers, teachers, and ceremonies. A special feature of this volume is the inclusion of dozens of brief snap-shot essays that offer "lifestories" of typical music makers and their art, as well as first-person descriptions of specific music performances and events.
The 1200 page book contains approximately 120 articles cover communities that preserve and enrich centuries-old traditions: "Music of the Jews of Djerba, Tunisia," "Following the Entranced Ones: Gnawa Performances and Trance in Rabat, Morocco," "Women’s Music of the Arabian Peninsula," and"Vocal Music of Tuva." The volume explores such topics as political dissent, pop music genres, technology, poetry, gender, and the historical and scholarly roots of Middle Eastern music.
About the authors: Virginia Danielson, is Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Librarian at Harvard University and author of The Voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song, and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century (1997). Scott Marcus is Associate Professor of Music at the UC Santa Barbara. Dwight Reynolds is Professor of Religion at UC Santa Barbara and author of Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition (1995).
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