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Migrating Music

Edited by Jason Toynbee, Byron Dueck

Routledge – 2011 – 256 pages

Series: CRESC

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Migrating Music considers the issues around music and cosmopolitanism in new ways. Whilst much of the existing literature on ‘world music’ questions the apparently world-disclosing nature of this genre – but says relatively little about migration and mobility – diaspora studies have much to say about the latter, yet little about the significance of music.

In this context, this book affirms the centrality of music as a mode of translation and cosmopolitan mediation, whilst also pointing out the complexity of the processes at stake within it. Migrating music, it argues, represents perhaps the most salient mode of performance of otherness to mutual others, and as such its significance in socio-cultural change rivals – and even exceeds – literature, film, and other language and image-based cultural forms.

This book will serve as a valuable reference tool for undergraduate and postgraduate students with research interests in cultural studies, sociology of culture, music, globalization, migration, and human geography.


'This volume about migrant musicians, listeners, and styles is essential reading for students of music and migration…it is especially timely in its focus on a significant sub-section of the discipline…[I]t covers a wide geographical and social range, a variety of styles, and offers an excellent overview of the cross-cultural issues that confront migrant urban musicians.'

- Ilana Webster-Kogen, Ethnomusicology, Spring/Summer 2012

'To its credit, the volume is even-handed in covering music that resonates across the generations. It's enlightening to learn of what older Afghanis who have fled their wartorn country are tuning into…'

-Leonard Nevarez on, posted 28 June 2012


1. Migrating Music by Jason Toynbee and Byron Dueck Part 1: Migrants Introduction by Byron Dueck 2. Migrant/Migrating Music and the Mediterranean by Martin Stokes 3. ‘My Own Little Morocco at Home’: A Biographical Account of Migration, Mediation and Music Consumption by Carolyn Landau 4. ‘Realness’: Authenticity, Innovation and Prestige among Young Danseurs Afros in Paris by Laura Steil Part 2: Translations Introduction by Jason Toynbee 5. Ridiculing Rap, Funlandizing Finns? Humour and Parody as Strategies of Securing the Ethnic Other in Popular Music by Antti-Ville Kärjä 6. Hip-hop Tehran: Migrating Styles, Musical Meanings, Marginalised Voices by Laudan Nooshin 7. "Un Homme et Une Femme" Voyage via "Barquinho" to Hollywood and Beyond: Global Circulation, Musical Hybridization, and Adult Modernity, 1961-69 by Keir Keightley Part 3: Media Introduction by Jason Toynbee 8. What Migrates and Who Does It? A Mini Case Study from Fiji by Ruth Finnegan 9. Migrating Music and Good-Enough Cosmopolitanism: Encounter with Robin Denselow and Charlie Gillett by Kevin Robins 10. Ports of Call: An Ethnographic Analysis of Music Programmes about the Migration of People, Musicians, Genres and Instruments, BBC World Service, 1994-1995 by Jan Fairley 11. Music, Migration and War: the BBC’s Interactive Music Broadcasting to Afghanistan and the Afghan Diaspora by John Baily Part 4: Cities Introduction by Byron Dueck 12. Cavern Journeys: Music, Migration and Urban Space by Sara Cohen 13. ‘New York Comes to Groningen’: Jazz Star Circuits in the Netherlands by Kristin McGee 14. ‘Brown Boys Doing It Like This’: Asian Cultural Production and London’s Asian Urban Music Scene by Helen Kim

Author Bio

Jason Toynbee is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in the Department of Sociology at The Open University. He does work on copyright and creativity, and ethnicity and the postcolonial condition. Much of his research on those issues focuses on popular music and jazz, as in his books Making Popular Music: Musicians, Institutions and Creativity (Arnold, 2000) and Bob Marley: Herald of a Postcolonial World? (Polity, 2007).

Byron Dueck is University Fellow in Music at the Open University. His work focuses on the role of musical and embodied experience in constituting public cultures. The majority of his research concerns First Nations and Métis music in western Canada; other interests include Cameroonian popular music and jazz.

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Categories: Social Theory, Music, Population Geography, Diaspora Studies