Authenticity: A word ethnos love to hate

Liza’s wonderful blog post about Gnawa music got me thinking. Her questions regarding the authenticity of what she saw in the restaurant are near and dear to most ethnomusicological research. They reminded me of the development of tourist performances of gamelan in Bali. There, very sacred music was secularized to create interesting and exciting tourist performances. And traditions, such as kecak (the “monkey chant”) were created and associated with the Ramayana for the same reasons.

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Music in the Desert

Liza here. Greetings from Rabat!

This summer, I’m spending two months in Morocco at an intensive Arabic language school called Qalam wa Lawh. Although my primary reason for being here is to improve my Arabic speaking abilities, as an ethnomusicology student, I can’t help but follow the music.

Photo by Teresa Barros-Bailey

Photo by Teresa Barros-Bailey

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Planning the unplanable?

Hello everyone!

I’d like to apologize for the hiatus. All of our regular and semi-regular contributors have been traveling, working, writing, and getting married. And because we’re all also ethno students, we’ve also been making, listening to, and thinking about music the whole time. For this week’s post, I wanted to share some musical thoughts I had while planning and then “performing” my wedding (I can’t stop thinking about music. I’ve tried.).

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