The musical tradition of Ma'luf is believed to have come to North Africa with Muslim and Jewish refugees escaping the Christian reconquista of Spain between the tenth and seventeenth centuries. Although this Arab Andalusian music tradition has been studied in other parts of the region, until now, the Libyan version has not received Western scholarly attention. This book investigates the place of this orally-transmitted music tradition in contemporary Libyan life and culture. It investigates the people that make it and the institutions that nurture it as much as the tradition itself. Patronage, music making, discourse both about life and music, history, and ideology all unite in a music tradition which looks innocent from the outside but appears quite intriguing and intricate the more one explores it.
’With the recent political upheavals, this book has assumed the character of an important historical document, as it gives us an insight into the Gaddafi era…The book is clearly constructed and is approachable even to the musically uninitiated.’ The Sunday Times of Malta ’Ciantar’s book provides valuable ethnography of music practice during the last decade of the Gaddafi era while broadening the scope of study of Andalusian music. Ciantar offers a compelling read of the Libyan ma’luf, useful for those seeking to broaden their knowledge of music in the Middle East and North Africa’ Ethnomusicology Review
Contents: Preface; Libya: society, culture and music; The Nawba in North Africa and in Libya; The Ma’lufal-ldha’a: change, continuity and contemporary practices; The musical making of Ma’luf; The Libyan Ma’luf in the realm of Arab music aesthetics; Epilogue; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
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