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In recent years world music - a convenient term that embraces everything from salsa to the blues - has moved out of the specialist music shops and into the megastores. Artists like Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour and the Gypsy Kings are now well-known to popular music-lovers in search of a change from the standard top-20 sound. The personalities, traditions and issues behind the explosion in world music are highlighted in this book. Among the writers are Robin Deneslow of the "Guardian", who talks about blues stars like Robert Gray and Geoff Healey, David Toop of "The Face", who offers a fresh perspective on world music with an analysis of the western preoccupation with "exotica", Jenny Cathcart on West African music, Adam Sweeting on "new country" and Chris Stapleton, who provides a glossary of world music terms and a portrait of Paris as a European centre for African musicians.
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The practice of pillaging Third World culture to spice an established popular performer's act is nothing new, but most of today's artists are quick to acknowledge foreign musicians and their unique sounds. The editors of this study examine several styles of music from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Readers are given a history of the development of a particular style and introduced to some of its major personalities. Each of the contributors are established commentators in their fields and knowledgeable about the music scene. Many photographs and a selected discography add to the enjoyment of this book. Somewhat out of place amid all the exotic locales are the chapters on American country music and Chicago-style blues, but ultimately this is an enlightening musical travelog. Recommended for libraries with strong music collections.
-Dan Bo gey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description BBC Books, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0563207906