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Ukulele (Ukelele)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...As a multi-stringed, fretted instrument, the ukulele is capable of playing complex melodies, rhythms and chords. Due to its relatively small size, it is sonically a ‘soft’ instrument. Its timbre and tone vary depending on the kind of wood...

Bubblegum

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Bubblegum, or township pop as it is also called, is a musical style that developed in South Africa during the 1980s. Largely popular among urban black youth, bubblegum shares certain similarities with disco pop or bubblegum elsewhere...

Cymbal

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Introduction One of the most ancient of instruments, dating back some 5,000 years, the cymbal is a round ‘plate’ made of bronze that can be used in pairs, which are crashed together, or mounted individually on a stand and struck...
...Few songwriters can claim as important a space in the Great American Songbook as Stephen Foster. His career, which lasted from 1848 until his death in 1864, produced over 200 songs, many of which have been continually recorded since. Born...

Fugazi's In on the Kill Taker

Joe Gross

Joe Gross has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the Washington City Paper, Radio On, and more. He covers culture, popular and un-, for the Austin American-Statesman, among other places, and lives with his family in Austin, TX, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

33 1/3 Books

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...By June 1993, when Washington, D.C.’s Fugazi released their third full-length album In on the Kill Taker, the quartet was reaching a thunderous peak in popularity and influence. With two EPs (combined into the classic CD 13 songs) and two...

Qudūd Ḥalabiyya

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume X : Genres: Middle East and North Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The qudūd ḥalabiyya (sing. qadd ḥalabī, or Aleppine qadd) are a genre of popular song performed widely in Syria and elsewhere in the Arab East. Like the muwashshaḥ, the qudūd ḥalabiyya are sung in both standard...

Mawwāl

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume X : Genres: Middle East and North Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Mawwāl is a traditional Arab improvisatory free-rhythm vocal genre performed by a soloist, typically using colloquial poetic text on love themes. It is likely named after the mawalī performers...

Ughniyya (Eastern Arab)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume X : Genres: Middle East and North Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...In the early 1970s new vocabulary entered common usage in describing song genres of the Arab world, particularly the East Mediterranean Levant region. This was a result of the wide exposure to a popular amateur talent show called...

Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace

Aaron Cohen

Aaron Cohen is associate editor of DownBeat magazine. His writing on gospel music has been featured extensively in the Chicago Tribune, and he lives in Chicago, IL. He recently won the 2011 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his article on Ray Charles in Downbeat. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Continuum, 2011

33 1/3 Books

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...A fascinating and thoroughly researched exploration of the best-selling gospel album of all time....