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In the first issue of the new Journal of World Popular Music, there are two articles that refer to the material from the book Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters The first is a provocative piece about the history of world music production, specifically in relation to the Buena Vista Social Club.  Here is the abstract from […]

  Baloji embarrasses Bono “I spent my whole life trying to avoid tall persons?” What can we say about the Black Atlantic that has not already been said…? Ethnic Absolutism Anti-Essentialism Anti Anti-Essentialism What is the nature of this third position proposed by Gilroy?  How is it related to everyday lived experience and how is […]

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    For Love of Country: Generation and Genre in Popular Music Videos in Kinshasa, D.R. Congo « Bambinga FARDC », one of hundreds of music videos that are produced every year in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), is remarkable not only because it explicitly references politics, something which is extremely rare in the popular dance music […]

The edited volume “Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters” is now available at Indiana University Press. Each chapter has an accompanying multi-media project which you can consult while you read by clicking on the links available from the Critical World homepage or by selecting “Critical World Book” from the Categories menu on the right of your […]

  The Promise of World Music: Strategies for Non-Essentialist Listening This article was created to accompany a text that appeared in the edited volume entitled “Music and Globalization:  Critical Encounters” (Indiana University Press, 2012). For more information, visit:   “The Same” (Youssou N’dour, Sony/Columbia, 1992) Sound is the same for all the world Everybody […]

Review of the El Congo Brazza (2003) Kin album by Bob W. White. Rumba without sweat Various Artists El Congo Brazza Kin Democratic Republic of the Congo Marabi 2003 Rumba Without Sweat Rumba without sweat.  This is what the grandfather of Congolese popular dance music says when you ask him what the difference is between […]