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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...
...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...

Denver, CO

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 557,478 (2004); Denver-Aurora-Boulder metropolitan area – 2,579,347 (2004) Although Denver is often thought of as being in a western state (Colorado), it is almost in the middle...

Hira Gasy

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Hira gasy (hira; ‘song’; gasy: ‘Malagasy’) is a long-standing musical tradition in Madagascar, which is the fourth largest island in the world, situated off the east coast of Africa. The population of Madagascar is derived mainly from...

Hong Kong

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 6,787,000 (2002) Hong Kong, a territory made up of three main areas (Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories), was ceded to Britain after two Opium Wars in the middle of the nineteenth...

Tibet

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 2,700,000 (2003) Tibet, situated on the high plateaus of the Himalayan mountains at altitudes between 6,500 ft and 16,0 ft (2,000m-5,000m), has been a state since the seventh century. It had its greatest...