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...Widely considered to be the first international recording star, Enrico Caruso was born in Naples, Italy in 1873. He was raised in a poor family but was encouraged to pursue music by his mother, who died in 1888. He sang in the street...

Tibetan Diaspora

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Approximately 130,000 Tibetans live in exile, with the largest concentrations living in India and Nepal (104,000), with 26,000 in other Asia countries, Europe and North America. The Tibetan diaspora began in 1959, when...

Jenny Lind

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...The opera singer Jenny Lind, born in Sweden in 1820, became famous in her own right before becoming the muse for composer Felix Mendelssohn, Lind’s singing was overheard by a maid to the Royal Swedish Ballet’s principal dancer, who...

Onda Nueva

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Onda nueva (‘New Wave’) is a Venezuelan musical genre created in the early 1970s by noted composer and arranger Aldemaro Romero (1928–2007). The appearance of onda nueva was circumstantial: during the recording...

Oberkrainer

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Oberkrainer music is native to Slovenia, but has gained broad popularity in central European countries, especially Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The style is part of what is referred to as narodnozabavna glasba (ethno-pop) in Slovenia...

Omutibo

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Omutibo is a popular music genre performed among the Luhya of western Kenya for entertainment purposes in celebrations, parties, restaurants and cultural festivals. It is lively and danceable and is laced with lyrics describing love affairs...

Orfeão

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Taking its inspiration from the French orphéon, the term ‘orfeão’ (plural ‘orfeões’) is used in Portugal as a synonym for an amateur choir constituted to provide social events such as concerts, lectures and meetings, either independently...

Organett

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The term organett is a variant of the Italian word organetto (accordion). However, in Gozo, Malta’s sister island, this term refers also to an ensemble consisting of an accordion as the leading instrument, guitar and several Maltese...
...As an Egyptian singing sensation, ‘Abd al-Halīm Ḥāfiẓ exerted control over multiple facets of the country’s entertainment industry. Ḥāfiẓ was born in 1929; his mother died during childbirth and his father died when he was five, so then he...

T’aipei

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 2,880,000 (2000) T’aipei is the capital of the Republic of China on Taiwan. As the country’s administrative and commercial center, the city has long been a site for the introduction of new musical currents. It has...