- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Rough Guides; 3 edition (28 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843535513
- ISBN-13: 978-1843535515
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rough Guide to World Music Vol. 1: Africa and the Middle East: Africa and the Middle East v. 1 (Rough Guide Music Guides) Paperback – 28 Sep 2006
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Once you start flipping through World Music, there's no stopping. Unlike other genres, world music spans so huge a territory that there are surprises and new pleasures for everyone. The table of contents sets the tone. Laid out as a map of the world, the chapters are located directly on the map. This is followed, however, by a traditional table of contents, laid out in linear one to 13 format for those who don't go for the visual approach. However you choose your dive-in point, you won't be disappointed. A tremendous amount of work has gone into this guide, covering a remarkable number of sub-genres and groups. Search for a group you've heard of, read up on a specific genre like klezmer or flamenco, get CD recommendations or troll for new finds like Altan, the Irish band of the 1990s, and Ibrahim Tatlises, the premier Kurdish performer. There's a wealth of sounds out there that Rough Guide makes accessible and with this exclusive book and CD package, you won't have to shift far from your front room to find them. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"A great reference book . . . reading it feels like a treasure hunt for good grooves"STRAIGHT NO CHASER --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Inevitably there is (quite literally) a price to pay for this growth. One of the frustrations for myself, is that my main interest lies in African and Latin music. Unfortunately, while African music is contained in Volume I along with European music, which is not one of my major passions, Latin music is contained in Volume II. Similarly when looking at Klezmer music, for example, the Eastern European areas from which it is derived are in Volume I, but you will have to wait until Volume II to find out about developments on the New York scene.Read more ›
More seriously, as my main interests are contained in Volume 2 in terms of Music from Asia, luckily, the section on Europe included a sub-section on: "England/UK - Bhangra/Asian Beat: One way ticket to British Asia" by DJ Ritu on p83-90 was a bonus for me, as being my main area of interest.
Initially, I was also looking out for the mention of the first Asian presence in mainstream charts with "Ever so lonely" by Monsoon & sung by Sheila Chandra who appeared on BBC TV Chart show Top of the Pops in 1982 and this historical event is referred to in the book: Dis-Orienting Rhythms (The politics of New Asian Music) by Sanjay Sharma, as well Apart from this the success other most recent success was by Apache Indian when he reached No 5 in the British Charts with "Boom-Shak-a-lak" in 1993!
Other Asian artists who are mentioned in the section on England/UK Bhangra/Asian Beat include some familiar names I have not hear for while like Najma Akhtar and whose Ghazal & Jazz album - "Qareeb" one of my favourites. Groups & artists like Cornershop, Nithin Sawney, Talwin Singh, Sangeeta, Joi & groups like Sohtas, Safri Brothers to name a few, are all there.Read more ›
and many of the characters have certainly lived!
a great source book for further investigation !