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SOAS Studies in Music

About the Series

SOAS Studies in Music is today one of the world’s leading series in the discipline of ethnomusicology. Our core mission is to produce high-quality, ethnographically rich studies of music-making in the world’s diverse musical cultures. We publish monographs and edited volumes that explore musical repertories and performance practice, critical issues in ethnomusicology, sound studies, historical and analytical approaches to music across the globe. We recognize the value of applied, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and our authors draw on current approaches in musicology and anthropology, psychology, media and gender studies. We welcome monographs that investigate global contemporary, classical and popular musics, the effects of digital mediation and transnational flows.


Editorial Board

Professor Kwasi Ampene

University of Michigan, USA

Professor Linda Barwick

University of Sydney, AU

Dr. Angela Impey

SOAS University of London, UK

Professor Travis A. Jackson

University of Chicago, USA

Professor Noriko Manabe

Temple University, USA

Dr. Moshe Morad

Tel Aviv University, IL

Professor Suzel Reily

Universidade Estadual de Campinas, BR

Professor Henry Spiller

University California - Davis, USA

Professor Martin Stokes

Kings College London, UK

Professor Richard Widdess

SOAS University of London, UK

100 Series Titles

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Female Song Tradition and the Akan of Ghana The Creative Process in Nnwonkoro

Female Song Tradition and the Akan of Ghana: The Creative Process in Nnwonkoro

1st Edition

By Kwasi Ampene
August 28, 2005

Nnwonkoro is a genre of women’s song found among the Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana. It has become a hybrid musical form, incorporating songs and dance movements based on traditional practices alongside others reflecting Christian influence. Nnwonkoro groups perform regularly at funerals, on state ...

Thai Classical Singing Its History, Musical Characteristics and Transmission

Thai Classical Singing: Its History, Musical Characteristics and Transmission

1st Edition

By Dusadee Swangviboonpong
June 22, 2004

Thai classical singing is a genre that blossomed during the golden age of music in the royal court at Bangkok during the nineteenth century. It took a variety of forms including unaccompanied songs used for narration in plays, instrumental music that was used to accompany mimed actions, and songs ...

The Music of Malaysia The Classical, Folk and Syncretic Traditions

The Music of Malaysia: The Classical, Folk and Syncretic Traditions

1st Edition

April 28, 2004

The Music of Malaysia is a history, appreciation and analysis of Malaysian music in its many and varied forms. It was first published in Malay in 1997. This revised and updated edition is the first in English. The book categorizes the types of music genres found in Malaysian society and provides ...

Demetrius Cantemir: The Collection of Notations Volume 2: Commentary

Demetrius Cantemir: The Collection of Notations: Volume 2: Commentary

1st Edition

By Owen Wright
December 31, 2000

The substantial collection of notations of seventeenth-century Ottoman instrumental music made by Demetrius Cantemir is both a record of compositions of considerable intrinsic interest and a historical document of vital importance, representing as it does one of the most comprehensive accounts of ...

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