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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...

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...
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...Luciano Pavarotti was one of The Three Tenors, with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras. He was an opera singer who helped bring classical music and opera to a worldwide audience. Pavarotti was born on October 12, 1935, in Modena, Italy. His...

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...

Transformation inspired by the West (3)

Tōru Mitsui

Tōru Mitsui is Professor Emeritus of English and Music at Kanazawa University, Japan, where he taught the first postgraduate course in popular music studies in the country. He has been a corresponding editor for Popular Music since 1983, is on the Editorial Board of Popular Music History, and is an International Advisory Editor for Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. His publications in English include Karaoke Around the World: Global Technology, Local Singing (co-edited with S. Hosokawa, 1998) and Made in Japan: Studies in Popular Music (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popular Music in Japan : Transformation Inspired by the West

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Dance-band music The Taishō era was distinguished further by three musical developments. The first was dance-band music. Japan participated in the First World War (1914–18) on the side of the Allied Forces and established diplomatic...

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...

Tibet

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

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...

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...