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Wienerlied

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The term ‘Wienerlied’ (Viennese Song) refers to a genre of urban entertainment music that uses Viennese dialect and forms of musical expresssion, and is widely considered by the Viennese to embody their way of life. It emerged as a fusion...

Milton Brown

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...The bandleader and vocalist Milton Brown helped to develop the popular Western swing genre of the early twentieth century. Born in Texas in 1903, Brown graduated from high school and worked as a cigar salesman until the Great Depression...

Wassoulou

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Wassoulou is a popular Malian music genre named after the forest region of Wassoulou, located in southwestern Mali and southeastern Guinea. It is characterized by a robust repertoire of rhythms, dances and instruments, and a distinct vocal...

Bordun Rock (Drone Rock)

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...Along with Folk Chamber Music, Bordun (Drone) rock is the main genre representing Swedish folk music in what is commonly known as ‘world music. Both lines strive to arrange and play songs in ensembles. Previous studies have labeled the two...

Bob Wills

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...Bob Wills, also known as the “King of Western Swing,” leader of “Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys,” was born James Robert Wills on March 6, 1905, in Texas, USA. At an early age, he learned the mandolin, guitar, and violin—his signature...
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...The kora player Toumani Diabaté took the traditional twenty-one-string harp from his native Mali and introduced it to the globe. Born in 1965, Diabaté and his family can trace seventy generations of kora players and, in 1970, his father...

Eritrea

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 3,993,000 (2002) Eritrea is a small country of 17, 873 sq miles (45,754 sq km) in the Horn of Africa bordered by Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti, and facing across the Red Sea towards Yemen and Saudi Arabia...

Mory Kanté

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...The career of kora harpist Mory Kanté saw the artist achieve international fame and return home to his native Guinea to help the nation develop economically and culturally. Born in 1950 in Guinea, Kanté’s family was one of the most famous...

The Seychelles

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 83,000 (2003) The Republic of the Seychelles consists of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, with a land area of approximately 175 sq miles (450 sq km). Most of the population lives on the islands of Mahé, Praslin and La...

Wákà

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Wákà is a neo-traditional Islamic-inspired Yorùbá genre popularized by women performers from Ijebu areas in the Ogun and Lagos States in southwestern Nigeria. Originally for use in Muslim ceremonies, it developed during the twentieth...