Music and Globalization

Critical Encounters

Edited by Bob W. White

Contributions by Steven Feld, Barbara Browning, Daniel Noveck, Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, Timothy D. Taylor, Rafael Jose de Menezes Bastos, Denis-Constant Martin, Richard M Shain and Philip R Hayward

Published by: Indiana University Press

248 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253223654
  • Published: November 2011


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  • 9780253005410
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"World music" emerged as a commercial and musical category in the 1980s, but in some sense music has always been global. Through the metaphor of encounters, Music and Globalization explores the dynamics that enable or hinder cross-cultural communication through music. In the stories told by the contributors, we meet well-known players such as David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Ry Cooder, Fela Kuti, and Gilberto Gil, but also lesser-known characters such as the Senegalese Afro-Cuban singer Laba Sosseh and Raramuri fiddle players from northwest Mexico. This collection demonstrates that careful historical and ethnographic analysis of global music can show us how globalization operates and what, if anything, we as consumers have to do with it.