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Islam and Popular Music

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...When studying opinions about any topic, no matter whether it is historical, sociological and contemporary or theological, it is always necessary to ask who is speaking, who has the authority and legitimacy to provide authoritative answers...

Danzante

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...The danzante is an indigenous musical genre danced to during Corpus Christi festivities throughout the highland region of Ecuador. The term danzante also denotes both the dance and the dancers who thank the Pachamama, or Mother Earth...

Samba de Roda

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Samba de roda is a general name used to designate a set of folk musical and chorographical practices found in different regions of Brazil. The most popular and still widely practiced samba de roda tradition is, however, that found...

Hip-Hop in Europe

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...The origins of hip-hop music can be traced to the practices of DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa in the block parties of 1970s New York. Drawing on pre-existing African-American and Jamaican cultural practices...

Pop and Rock

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...For the first time since its emergence as a distinct subgenre of modern, Western popular music in the late 1960s and 1970s, ‘progrock’ secured its own official Top 30 chart in the UK in September 2015. Though deemed by former Yes keyboard...

Rabiz

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Encyclopedia Articles

...Rabiz is a late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century song genre that is very popular among youth in Armenia and the Armenian diaspora. It embraces a range of styles with a particular emphasis on pop ballad and rap styles, with lyrics...

“In God’s Country”: Spatial Sacredness in U2

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...U2 has understood the development of their songwriting as being most poignant when something sacred occurs. Similarly, fans of their music often refer to a U2 concert in spiritual terms, where an average stadium is turned into a sacred...

“Looking to Fill That God-Shaped Hole”: The Evolution of U2’s Spiritually Evocative Musical Gestures

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...This chapter analyzes a corpus of “celebratory songs,” tracks that can be interpreted as a commemoration of some aspect of U2’s spiritual faith. I identify a specific musical gesture (the “Motive”) present at salient moments in each...

The “Moment of Surrender”: Medieval Mysticism in the Music of U2

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...U2’s music can be a powerful spiritual experience, in part because of the haunting and transcendent nature of their unique sound, in part because of lyrics that speak of aporia and longing for an intangible wholeness. In their cathedral...

God complex, complex gods, or God’s complex: Jay-Z, poor black youth, and making “The Struggle” divine

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Scholarly Books

...This essay is based on a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at The CUNY Graduate Center in November 2011, hosted by The Committee for the Study of Religion, as part of the Black American Popular Religion Conference. Section...