World Music Journalist and Ethnomusicologist Jan Fairley Dies at 63

Jan Fairley - Photo by Pascal Saenz
British music journalist and passionate ethnomusicologist Jan Fairley died June 9th in Edinburgh. She died peacefully at home surrounded by family. She was 63.

Jan Fairley worked as a freelance music journalist and broadcaster, writer and editor as well as researcher, lecturer, radio presenter and producer. Fairley spoke fluent Spanish and carried out research in Cuba, Spain, and Argentina. She also did additional studies in Brazil, and Finland.

She was well known in world music circles thanks to her articles in some of the most reputable publications, such as fRoots and Songlines.

Jan Fairley was the International Chairperson for the IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) since 2009.

There are many more fascinating details about her life and achievements in her website

The funeral will be held at Christ Church Morningside, 6a Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DD, on June 16th from 8.30am to 9am.

Author: World Music Central News Department

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