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Focus: Music and Religion of Morocco

1st Edition

By Christopher Witulski


192 pages

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Focus: Music and Religion of Morocco introduces the region and its history, highlighting how the pressures of religious life, post-colonial economic struggle, and global media come together within Moroccan musical life. Musical practices contextualize and clarify global historical and contemporary movements—many of which remain poorly understood—while articulating the daily realities of the region’s populations in ways that rarely show through current news accounts of religious extremism, poverty and inequality, and forced migration.

As with other volumes in the series, Focus: Music and Religion of Morocco addresses large, conceptual issues though interwoven case studies, in three parts:

  • Part I - Memories and Medias: Who We Are highlights how issues of religion, colonialism, nationalism, and globalization transcend boundaries through music to create a sense of personal and national identity, whether hundreds of years ago or on today's satellite television stations.
  • Part II - Contesting Mainstreams: Where We're Going explores Morocco’s sacred and secular music practices as they relate to the country's diversity and its contemporary politics.
  • Part III - Focusing In: Fun and Faith in Fez highlights Fez’s sacred music industry by introducing musicians who navigate musical and religious expectations to appeal to both their own devotional ethnics and their audiences’ wants.

A companion website provides audio materials from author‘s fieldwork collections as well as links to musical and video playlists from sources like iTunes or Spotify.

Table of Contents

PART I - Memories and Medias: Who We Are / 1. Andalusian Memories / 2. Global Popular Music / PART II - Contesting Mainstreams: Where We’re Going / 3. Pop and Protest / 4. Gnawa Music and Ritual / PART III - Focusing In: Faith and Fun in Fez / 5. Sufi Ritual / 6. Sufi Entertainments / 7. Malhun as Pop, Piety, and Local Pride / Conclusion: Who We Are and Where We’re Going

About the Author

Christopher Witulski is Instructor of Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University.

About the Series

Focus on World Music Series

The Focus on World Music Series is designed specifically for area courses in world music and ethnomusicology. Written by the top ethnomusicologists in their field, the Focus books balance sound pedagogy with exemplary scholarship. Each book provides a telescopic view of the musics and cultures addressed, giving the reader a general introduction on the music and culture of the area and then zooming in on different musical styles with in-depth case studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General