Music: Book Series

SOAS Musicology Series

Series Editors:

Series editor: Keith Howard, SOAS, University of London, UK

The study of the world’s many and diverse music cultures has become an important part of the discipline of musicology. Often termed ‘ethnomusicology’, the resulting studies share the fundamental recognition that music is cherished by every society in the world. Like language, music is a universal means of individual and cultural expression. It is also infinitely varied. Music in any society has intrinsic value in its own right, and can tell us much about the culture in which it developed. The core of the SOAS Musicology Series comprises studies of different musics, analysed in the contexts of the societies of which they are part, and exploring repertories, performance practice, musical instruments, and the roles and impacts of individual composers and performers. Studies which integrate music with dance, theatre or the visual arts are encouraged, and contextualised studies of music within the Western art canon are not excluded.

Reflecting current ethnomusicological theory and practice, the editors recognize the value of interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Volumes may utilize methodologies developed in anthropology, sociology, linguistics and psychology to explore music; they may seek to create a dialogue between scholars and musicians; or they may primarily be concerned with the evaluation of historical documentation. Monographs that explore contemporary and popular musics, the effect of globalization on musical production, or the comparison of different music cultures are also welcomed.

  • Turkic Soundscapes

    From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

    Edited by Razia Sultanova, Megan Rancier

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  • Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World

    Essays in Honour of Owen Wright

    Edited by Rachel Harris, Martin Stokes

    This volume of original essays is dedicated to Owen Wright in recognition of his formative contribution to the study of music in the Islamic Middle East. Wright’s work, which comprises, at the time of writing, six field-defining volumes and countless articles, has reconfigured the relationship…

    Hardback – 2017-08-31 
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  • Ritual and Music of North China

    Volume 2: Shaanbei

    By Stephen Jones

    This second volume of Stephen Jones' work on ritual and musical life in north China, again with an accompanying DVD, gives an impression of music-making in daily life in the poor mountainous region of Shaanbei, northwest China. It conveys some of the diverse musical activities there around 2000,…

    Paperback – 2017-06-14
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  • Ritual and Music of North China

    Shawm Bands in Shanxi

    By Stephen Jones

    The rich local traditions of musical life in rural China are still little known. Music-making in village society is largely ceremonial, and shawm bands account for a significant part of such music. This is the first major ethnographic study of Chinese shawm bands in their ceremonial and social…

    Paperback – 2017-06-14
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  • Dancing with Devtas: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India

    By Andrew Alter

    In the Central Himalayan region of Garhwal, the gods (devtas) enjoy dancing. Musicians - whether ritual specialists or musical specialists - are therefore an indispensable part of most entertainment and religious events. In shamanistic ceremonies, their incantations, songs and drumming 'make' the…

    Paperback – 2017-06-14
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  • Beyond 'Innocence': Amis Aboriginal Song in Taiwan as an Ecosystem

    By Shzr Ee Tan

    Taiwan aboriginal song has received extensive media coverage since the launch and settlement of a copyright lawsuit following pop group Enigma's allegedly unauthorized use of Amis voices in the 1996 Olympics hit, Return To Innocence. Taking as her starting point the ripple effects of this case,…

    Paperback – 2017-06-13
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  • The Music of Malaysia

    The Classical, Folk and Syncretic Traditions, 2nd Edition

    By Patricia Matusky, Tan Sooi Beng

    The Music of Malaysia, first published in Malay in 1997 and followed by an English edition in 2004 is still the only history, appreciation and analysis of Malaysian music in its many and varied forms available in English. The book categorizes the types of music genres found in Malaysian society and…

    Hardback – 2017-05-10
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  • Soundscapes from the Americas

    Ethnomusicological Essays on the Power, Poetics, and Ontology of Performance

    By Donna A. Buchanan

    Dedicated to the late Gerard Béhague (1937-2005), whose pioneering work in Latin American music, popular culture, and performance studies contributed extensively to ethnomusicological discourse in the 1970s-1990s, this anthology offers comparative perspectives on the evolving legacy of performance…

    Paperback – 2017-04-20
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  • India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

    By Margaret E. Walker

    Kathak, the classical dance of North India, combines virtuosic footwork and dazzling spins with subtle pantomime and soft gestures. As a global practice and one of India's cultural markers, kathak dance is often presented as heir to an ancient Hindu devotional tradition in which men called Kathakas…

    Paperback – 2017-04-20
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  • The Musical Human

    Rethinking John Blacking's Ethnomusicology in the Twenty-First Century

    Edited by Suzel Ana Reily

    The musical human: without a doubt, this vision of the human species as naturally musical has become the most enduring legacy John Blacking bequeathed to ethnomusicology. The image aptly embodies his preoccupations, which integrated theoretical and methodological issues within the discipline with a…

    Paperback – 2017-03-06
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  • The Women of Quyi

    Liminal Voices and Androgynous Bodies

    By Francesca R. Sborgi Lawson

    Why has the female voice—as the resonant incarnation of the female body—inspired both fascination and ambivalence? Why were women restricted from performing on the Chinese public stage? How have female roles and voices been appropriated by men throughout much of the history of Chinese theatre? Why…

    Hardback – 2017-02-16
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  • An Introduction to Japanese Folk Performing Arts

    By Terence A. Lancashire

    Japanese folk performing arts incorporate a body of entertainments that range from the ritual to the secular. They may be the ritual dances at Shinto shrines performed to summon and entertain deities; group dances to drive away disease-bearing spirits; or theatrical mime to portray the tenets of…

    Paperback – 2016-11-28
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  • The Instrumental Music of Wutaishan's Buddhist Monasteries

    Social and Ritual Contexts

    By Beth Szczepanski

    Beth Szczepanski examines how traditional and modern elements interact in the current practice, reception and functions of wind music, or shengguan, at monasteries in Wutaishan, one of China's four holy mountains of Buddhism. The book provides an invaluable insight into the political and economic…

    Paperback – 2016-11-15
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  • Ethnomusicological Encounters with Music and Musicians

    Essays in Honor of Robert Garfias

    Edited by Timothy Rice

    Designed as a tribute to Robert Garfias, who has conducted field work in more cultures than any other living ethnomusicologist, this volume explores the originating encounter in field work of ethnomusicologists with the musicians and musical traditions they study. The nineteen contributors provide…

    Paperback – 2016-11-15
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  • And We're All Brothers: Singing in Yiddish in Contemporary North America

    By Abigail Wood

    The dawn of the twenty-first century marked a turning period for American Yiddish culture. The 'Old World' of Yiddish-speaking Eastern Europe was fading from living memory - yet at the same time, Yiddish song enjoyed a renaissance of creative interest, both among a younger generation seeking…

    Paperback – 2016-11-15
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  • Music and the Performance of Identity on Marie-Galante, French Antilles

    By Ron Emoff

    Marie-Galante is a small island situated in the Caribbean to the south of Guadeloupe. The majority of Marie-Galantais are descendants of the slave era, though a few French settlers also occupy the island. Along with its neighbours Guadeloupe and Martinique, Marie-Galante forms an official…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
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  • Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-drumming Community in Ghana

    Our Music Has Become a Divine Spirit

    By James Burns

    Ewe dance-drumming has been extensively studied throughout the history of ethnomusicology, but up to now there has not been a single study that addresses Ewe female musicians. James Burns redresses this deficiency through a detailed ethnography of a group of female musicians from the Dzigbordi…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
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  • The Gei of Geisha: Music, Identity and Meaning

    By Kelly M. Foreman

    The Japanese geisha is an international icon, known almost universally as a symbol of traditional Japan. Numerous books exist on the topic, yet this is the first to focus on the 'gei' of geisha - the art that constitutes their title (gei translates as fine art, sha refers to person). Kelly M.…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
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  • Timba: The Sound of the Cuban Crisis

    By Vincenzo Perna

    Cuban music is recognized unanimously as a major historical force behind Latin American popular music, and as an important player in the development of US popular music and jazz. However, the music produced on the island after the Revolution in 1959 has been largely overlooked and overshadowed by…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
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  • Fiesta de diez pesos: Music and Gay Identity in Special Period Cuba

    By Moshe Morad

    The ‘Special Period’ in Cuba was an extended era of economic depression starting in the early 1990s, characterized by the collapse of revolutionary values and social norms, and a way of life conducted by improvised solutions for survival, including hustling and sex-work. During this time there…

    Paperback – 2016-11-07
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  • Brass Bands of the World: Militarism, Colonial Legacies, and Local Music Making

    By Katherine Brucher

    Edited by Suzel Ana Reily

    Bands structured around western wind instruments are among the most widespread instrumental ensembles in the world. Although these ensembles draw upon European military traditions that spread globally through colonialism, militarism and missionary work, local musicians have adapted the brass band…

    Paperback – 2016-10-19
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  • Korean Musical Drama: P'ansori and the Making of Tradition in Modernity

    By Haekyung Um

    P’ansori is the quintessential traditional Korean musical drama, in which epic tales are sung and narrated by a solo singer accompanied by a drummer. Drawing on her extensive research in Korea and its diasporas, Haekyung Um describes and analyses the creative processes of p’ansori, weaving into her…

    Paperback – 2016-10-03
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  • Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage

    Policy, Ideology, and Practice in the Preservation of East Asian Traditions

    Edited by Keith Howard

    Focussing on music traditions, these essays explore the policy, ideology and practice of preservation and promotion of East Asian intangible cultural heritage. For the first time, Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan - states that were amongst the first to establish legislation and systems for indigenous…

    Paperback – 2016-09-09
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  • Taarab Music in Zanzibar in the Twentieth Century

    A Story of ‘Old is Gold’ and Flying Spirits

    By Janet Topp Fargion

    The musical genre of taarab is played for entertainment at weddings and other festive occasions all along the Swahili Coast in East Africa. Taarab contains all the features of a typical 'Indian Ocean' music, combining influences from Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, India and the West with local…

    Paperback – 2016-09-09
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  • Music, Modernity and Locality in Prewar Japan: Osaka and Beyond

    Edited by Alison Tokita, Hugh de Ferranti

    This anthology addresses the modern musical culture of interwar Osaka and its surrounding Hanshin region. Modernity as experienced in this locale, with its particular historical, geographic and demographic character, and its established traditions of music and performance, gave rise to…

    Paperback – 2016-09-09
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  • The Ma'luf in Contemporary Libya

    An Arab Andalusian Musical Tradition

    By Philip Ciantar

    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,…

    Paperback – 2016-08-26
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  • Music and the Play of Power in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia

    Edited by Laudan Nooshin

    What is it about the history, geographical position and cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia that has made music such a potent and powerful agent? This volume presents the first direct look at the complex relationship between music and power across a range of musical genres…

    Paperback – 2016-08-26
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  • Alaturka: Style in Turkish Music (1923–1938)

    By John Morgan O'Connell

    The early-Republican era (1923-1938) was a major period of musical and cultural change in Turkey. Alaturka: Style in Turkish Music is a study of the significance of style in Turkish music and, in particular, the polemical debate about an eastern style of Turkish music (called, alaturka) that…

    Paperback – 2016-08-26
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  • Flamenco, Regionalism and Musical Heritage in Southern Spain

    By Matthew Machin-Autenrieth

    Flamenco, Regionalism and Musical Heritage in Southern Spain explores the relationship between regional identity politics and flamenco in Andalusia, the southernmost autonomous community of Spain. In recent years, the Andalusian Government has embarked on an ambitious project aimed at developing…

    Hardback – 2016-08-08
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  • War, Exile and the Music of Afghanistan

    The Ethnographer’s Tale

    By John Baily

    In the 1970s John Baily conducted extensive ethnomusicological research in Afghanistan, principally in the city of Herat but also in Kabul. Then, with Taraki’s coup in 1978, came conflict, war, and the dispersal of many musicians to locations far and wide. This new publication is the culmination of…

    Paperback – 2016-08-02
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  • Sounding the Dance, Moving the Music

    Choreomusicological Perspectives on Maritime Southeast Asian Performing Arts

    Edited by Mohd Anis Md Nor, Kendra Stepputat

    Performing arts in most parts of Maritime Southeast Asia are seen as an entity, where music and dance, sound and movement, acoustic and tactile elements intermingle and complement each other. Although this fact is widely known and referenced, most scholarly works in the performing arts so far have…

    Hardback – 2016-07-08
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  • Greek Rebetiko from a Psychocultural Perspective

    Same Songs Changing Minds

    By Daniel Koglin

    Greek Rebetiko from a Psychocultural Perspective: Same Songs Changing Minds examines the ways in which audiences in present-day Greece and Turkey perceive and use the Greek popular song genre rebetiko to cultivate specific cultural habits and identities. In the past, rebetiko has been associated…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15
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  • The Jews-Harp in Britain and Ireland

    By Michael Wright

    The jews-harp is a distinctive musical instrument of international importance, yet it remains one of those musical instruments, like the ocarina, kazoo or even the art of whistling, that travels beneath the established musical radar. The story of the jews-harp is also part of our musical culture,…

    Hardback – 2015-12-04
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  • Hindi Film Songs and the Cinema

    By Anna Morcom

    Since their beginnings in the 1930s, Hindi films and film songs have dominated Indian public culture in India, and have also made their presence felt strongly in many global contexts. Hindi film songs have been described on the one hand as highly standardized and on the other as highly eclectic.…

    Paperback – 2015-10-28
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  • SamulNori: Korean Percussion for a Contemporary World

    By Keith Howard

    SamulNori is a percussion quartet which has given rise to a genre, of the same name, that is arguably Korea’s most successful ’traditional’ music of recent times. Today, there are dozens of amateur and professional samulnori groups. There is a canon of samulnori pieces, closely associated with the…

    Hardback – 2015-10-28
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  • Bulgarian Harmony

    In Village, Wedding, and Choral Music of the Last Century

    By Kalin S. Kirilov

    An in-depth study of the Bulgarian harmonic system is long overdue. More than two decades since the Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares choir was awarded a Grammy (1990), there is no scholarly study of the captivating sounds of Bulgarian vertical sonorities. Kalin Kirilov traces the gradual formation of a…

    Hardback – 2015-10-28
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  • Performing Nostalgia: Migration Culture and Creativity in South Albania

    By Eckehard Pistrick

    Migration studies is an area of increasing significance in musicology as in other disciplines. How do migrants express and imagine themselves through musical practice? How does music help them to construct social imaginaries and to cope with longings and belongings? In this study of migration music…

    Hardback – 2015-08-28
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  • The Chinese Zheng Zither

    Contemporary Transformations

    By Sun Zhuo

    The zheng zither is one of the most popular instruments in contemporary China. It is commonly regarded as a solo instrument with a continuous tradition dating back to ancient times. But in fact, much of its contemporary solo repertory is derived from several different regional folk ensemble…

    Hardback – 2015-07-28
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  • Korea and the Western Drumset: Scattering Rhythms

    By Simon Barker

    For over a century, drummers have been turning to a variety of percussive traditions as prompts for the creation of new expressive possibilities on the drumset. In this book, Simon Barker sets out in detail the developmental processes he has followed creating an improvisational language for the…

    Hardback – 2015-04-14
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  • Tuk Music Tradition in Barbados

    By Sharon Meredith

    Barbados is a small Caribbean island better known as a tourist destination rather than for its culture. The island was first claimed in 1627 for the English King and remained a British colony until independence was gained in 1966. This firmly entrenched British culture in the Barbadian way of life,…

    Hardback – 2015-03-28
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  • Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative

    By Alison McQueen Tokita

    Alison McQueen Tokita presents a series of case studies that demonstrate the persistence of Japanese sung narratives in a multiplicity of genres over ten centuries, including the way they flourished and declined, together with factors contributing to development and change in narrative performance.…

    Hardback – 2015-02-28
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  • Iranian Classical Music

    The Discourses and Practice of Creativity

    By Laudan Nooshin

    Questions of creativity, and particularly the processes which underlie creative performance or ’improvisation’, form some of the central areas of interest in current musicology. Yet the predominant discourses on which musicological thought in this area are based have rarely been challenged. In this…

    Hardback – 2014-12-28
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  • Music Theory in Mamluk Cairo

    The gayat al-ma?lub fi ‘ilm al-adwar wa-’l-?urub by Ibn Kurr

    By Owen Wright

    The ġāyat al-maṭlūb fī ‘ilm al-adwār wa-'l-ḍurūb by Ibn Kurr is the only theoretical text of any substance that can be considered representative of musicological discourse in Cairo during the first half of the fourteenth century CE. Indeed, nothing comparable survives from the whole Mamluk period,…

    Hardback – 2014-07-02
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  • Dapha: Sacred Singing in a South Asian City

    Music, Performance and Meaning in Bhaktapur, Nepal

    By Richard Widdess

    Dāphā, or dāphā bhajan, is a genre of Hindu-Buddhist devotional singing, performed by male, non-professional musicians of the farmer and other castes belonging to the Newar ethnic group, in the towns and villages of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The songs, their texts, and their characteristic…

    Hardback – 2013-12-02
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  • Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Korea

    By Andrew Killick

    Anyone who knows anything of Korean music probably knows something of Hwang Byungki. As a composer, performer, scholar, and administrator, Hwang has had an exceptional influence on the world of Korean traditional music for over half a century. During that time, Western-style music (both classical…

    Hardback – 2013-09-13
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  • Icelandic Men and Me

    Sagas of Singing, Self and Everyday Life

    By Robert Faulkner

    A sparsely populated island in the North Atlantic recently made worldwide headlines in the Global Financial Crisis and for volcanic eruptions that caused unprecedented chaos to international air travel. Large contemporary audiences have formed very different images of Iceland through the vocal…

    Hardback – 2013-04-15
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  • Asante Ntahera Trumpets in Ghana

    Culture, Tradition, and Sound Barrage

    By Joseph S.Kaminski

    Based on the author's fieldwork in Ghana with the Asante and Denkyira ntahera trumpeters, this book draws on interviews, field recordings, oral traditions, written accounts, archaeological evidence, transcriptions and linguistic analyses to situate the Asante trumpet tradition in historical culture…

    Hardback – 2012-11-07
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  • Shbahoth – Songs of Praise in the Babylonian Jewish Tradition

    From Baghdad to Bombay and London

    By Sara Manasseh

    Sara Manasseh brings a significant, but less widely-known, Jewish repertoire and tradition to the attention of both the Jewish community (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Oriental) and the wider global community. The book showcases thirty-one songs and includes English translations, complete Hebrew texts,…

    Hardback – 2012-10-25
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  • Songs from the Edge of Japan: Music-making in Yaeyama and Okinawa

    By Matt Gillan

    Since the early 1990s, Okinawan music has experienced an extraordinary boom in popularity throughout Japan. Musicians from this island prefecture in the very south of Japan have found success as performers and recording artists, and have been featured in a number of hit films and television dramas.…

    Hardback – 2012-02-10
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  • Improvisation and Composition in Balinese Gendér Wayang

    Music of the Moving Shadows

    By Nicholas Gray

    This book is an examination of the music of the Balinese gendér wayang, the quartet of metallophones - gendér - that accompanies the Balinese shadow puppet play - wayang kulit. The book focuses on processes of musical variation, the main means of creating new music in this genre, and the…

    Hardback – 2011-10-28
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