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Ahmet Kaya

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...As an artist of Kurdish descent performing in Turkey, Ahmet Kaya’s folk material wrestled with issues of peace and social justice. Born in 1957 in Turkey, Kaya was the last of five children and became interested in music at age six. Prior...

Can

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...Anyone at the first Can show, which took place in Cologne, would have witnessed the birth of a new age of avant-garde rock music. Having studied avant-garde classical music, Irmin Schmidt went to New York City in 1966, where he studied...
...Born in Sapporo, Japan in 1952, Miyuki Nakajima became one of the most successful pop singers, songwriters, and radio presenters in Japan. She attended high school in Obihiro, making her performance debut at one of her school’s culture...

Andy Statman

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...Andy Statman, born in 1950, emerged from New York's folk and string-band scene in the mid-1970s as an expert of the mandolin and clarinet, and went on to become a major influence in reviving the neo-klezmer genre. Statman’s exposure...

Kraftwerk

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...Members of the German group Kraftwerk emerged from the Krautrock idiom to become important innovators and pioneers in popular electronic music. Kraftwerk was formed in 1970 in Düsseldorf by Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter after Schneider...

Kalattuut

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Kalattuut is the collective name for Greenlandic folk dances with European roots. The word ‘Kalattuut,’ the plural of ‘Kalattooq,’ means ‘something genuinely Greenlandic.’ Based on dances such as the polka, the schottisch and the reel...

Konkoma

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Konkoma (or konkomba) was the earliest and most widespread of a number of early twentieth-century music styles played by southern Ghanaian processional/marching groups that were influenced by late-nineteenth-century local adaha highlife...

Kwasa Kwasa (in Malawi)

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Kwasa kwasa arrived in Malawi at a time of transition. Toward the end of the 1980s Malawians yearned for less restrictive governance after nearly 25 years of strict one-party rule under Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who had been declared...

Kidumbak

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Kidumbak is a dance-centered Zanzibari wedding entertainment performed by small, loosely organized groups, usually consisting of a violin as the single melodic instrument, two vidumbak (plural; small clay drums) as the major...

Kaba

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...The semi-professional groups of southern Albania known as saze have consolidated some formal instrumental structures, among which kaba occupies a special place. Kaba, which in Turkish means ‘thick,’ ‘coarse,’ ‘crude,’ also ‘dense...