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Made in Nusantara
Studies in Popular Music

ISBN 9780367428464
Published March 18, 2021 by Routledge
264 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Made in Nusantara serves as a comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, ethnography, and musicology of historical and contemporary popular music in maritime Southeast Asia.

Each essay covers major figures, styles, and social contexts of genres of a popular nature in the Nusantara region including Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, and the Philippines. Through a critical investigation of specific genres and their spaces of performance, production, and consumption, the volume is organised into four thematic areas: 1) issues in Nusantara popular music; 2) history; 3) artists and genres; and 4) national vs. local industries.

Written by scholars working in the region, Made in Nusantara brings local perspectives to the history and analysis of popular music and critically considers conceptualisations developed in the West, rendering it an intriguing read for students and scholars of popular and global music.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Popular Music as a Means of Conceptualising the Nusantara - Adil Johan, Mayco A. Santaella; Issues in Nusantara Popular Music; 1 - Revisiting the ‘traditional’ and the ‘popular’ in Maritime Southeast Asia: Towards a Nusantara Popular Praxis -Mayco A. Santaella; 2 - Colonialism and Identity: A Short History of Popular Music in the Philippines - Felicidad A. Prudente; 3 - The (De-) and (Re-) Mythification of OPM: Decentering a Popular Music Sign - Krina Cayabyab; 4 - Popularizing Malaysian Cultures through the Music Industry and Music Education - Shahanum Mohd. Shah; History; 5 - Revisiting Post-Cultural Imperialism: Singing Vernacular Modernity and Hybridity through the Lagu Melayu in British Malaya - Tan Sooi Beng; 6 - Acoustic Epistemologies and Early Sound Recordings in the Nusantara Region: Phonography, Archive, and the Birth of Ethnomusicology - meLê yamomo; 7 - Bodabil Music in the Rise of the American Empire - Arwin Q. Tan; 8 - Songs for and of the Youth: Mapping Trends in Philippine Popular Music, 1900-2000 - Verne de la Peña; Artistes and Genres; 9 - Singapore Arts Icon or Malay Nationalist? Mobilising Zubir Said Across the Causeway - Adil Johan; 10 - The Popularisation and Contestation of Dangdut Koplo in the Indonesian Music Industry - Michael H.B. Raditya; 11 - KL Sing Song: Alternative Voices in the Kuala Lumpur Singer-Songwriter Circuit (2000 – 2009) - Azmyl Yusof @ Azmyl Yunor; 12 - Hijrah and the rise of Nasyid Kontemporari in Malaysia - Raja Iskandar Bin Raja Halid; National vs Local Industries; 13 - Branding the Nation Through Ahmad Nawab’s "Malaysia Truly Asia" - Shazlin Amir Hamzah; 14 - The Indonesian Popular Music Industry: Navigating Shadows of Politics and Cultural Uncertainty - Citra Aryandari; 15 - More than Mimicry: Alternative Modernities in the Birth and Development of Iban Popular Music - Connie Lim Keh Nie; 16 - Transcultural Commodities: A Comparative Analysis of Sama-Bajau Popular Musics in Maritime Southeast Asia - Bernard Ellorin; Coda Global Movements, Local Sounds: Nusantara Music and Artistes Overseas - Paul Augustin, Adil Johan; Afterword Bercerita (Sharing Stories) with M. Nasir, Joey Ayala, Dwiki Dharmawan and Pra Budi Dharma on Nusantara Popular Music - Raja Iskandar Bin Raja Halid, Mayco A. Santaella


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Adil Johan is a research fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Mayco A. Santaella is an associate professor and the head of the Film and Performing Arts Department at Sunway University, Malaysia.