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3.0 out of 5 stars Critical Analysis, 14 Nov. 2005
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This review is from: World Music: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
Your comments do not truely reflect the field. I work in the field of ethnomusicology and to begin with one of you starts with "the phenomenon" of world music. 'World' music is not a phenomenon, to describe it as such is both elitist and racist, forms of world music such as Javanese Gamelan are s upported by evidence that suggests a longer existence than most 'Western' music.
With regards the second comments approach to the lack of use in the academic field then i simply suggest you look at the history of it. The blues as you know it would not exist on record for your ears to be entertained by if early ethnomusicologists hadnt hunted searched for what was out there.
Thats not to say there isnt a clear paradox with some theorists -as it was with some back in the day - that to go to what may be a poor area when you are wealthy compromises study, but in the present day and age ethnomusicology is open to people from all backgrounds, i myself am from Trinidad and see the studies' key role as the preservation of the musics of the worlds people for future generations.
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Initial post: 23 Apr 2008 00:34:41 BDT
A. Jack says:
i believe that the statement that "world music is a relatively recent phenomenon" simply refers to the fact that as a concept, music around the world has existed as separate, distinguishable phenomena, whereas it has relatively recently become known under the blanket term "world music". it may have been badly phrased, but it should perhaps have been fairly forthcoming that a true reflection of the intended meaning is that "world music as a concept is a relatively recent phenomenon".
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Posted on 23 Apr 2008 00:37:25 BDT
A. Jack says:
And also, seeing as a phenomenon is defined as "a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable" i would suggest that world music is therefore a phenomenon from a western point of view, despite it being such a vast "fact" or "occurrence"
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