Musical Performance in the Diaspora

1st Edition

Tina K Ramnarine

Published June 15, 2016
Reference - 6 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138994300 - CAT# Y210609

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This book illustrates how ethnographic investigation of musical performances might contribute to the analysis of diaspora. It embraces diverse examples such as 'mourning and cultures of survival' amongst Aboriginal and Jewish communities in Australia, remembering a Kazakh 'homeland' in Western Mongolia, celebrating Diwali in New Zealand and the circulation of musical performances in Mozambique, Portugal and the UK. Some of the topics discussed in Musical Performance in the Diaspora include:

  • the expression and shaping of diasporic and postcolonial identities through performance
  • musical memory in diasporic contexts
  • the geographies of performance
  • the politics of 'new' forms of diasporic music-making.

This book presents a rich array of theoretical approaches and wide ranging ethnographic case studies to reconsider and challenge discourses that have favoured uncritical notions of diasporic 'hybridity' and to broaden current analyses of performance in the diaspora.


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