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Blues Form (Revised 2018)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The term ‘blues form’ refers to a musical structure defined principally by particular lyric, melodic and harmonic patterns; it originated in the African-American song genre of blues, but was widely used in many spheres of twentieth-century...

Bridge (Revised 2018)

Franklin Bruno

Franklin Bruno’s criticism has appeared in The Believer, Slate, Salon, Best Music Writing 2003 (Da Capo), and Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music (Duke University Press). After several records as a member of Nothing Painted Blue and as a solo artist, his most recent musical project is Civics, the debut CD by The Human Hearts (Tight Ship); he is also a recording and occasional touring member of The Mountain Goats. He has taught philosophy at UCLA, Pomona College, and Northwestern University; currently, he is Visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...A bridge is a phrase or section in a song or recording that contrasts with more predominant ones, and creates effects of transition and, in returning to the main material, retransition within the whole. With respect to twentieth...

Ngoma

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In Bantu languages (spoken over a vast area covering Central, Eastern and Southern Africa), including the widely spoken Swahili, ngoma is the common word denoting any kind of ‘drum’ or ‘drums.’ Ngoma also refers to all genres...

Hip-Hop in Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...While hip-hop’s arrival and initial adoption in various sub-Saharan African countries was, for the most part, strikingly similar, subsequent adaptations reflect locally specific realities of language, social norms, colonial histories...

Batuque

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Batuque (or batuko) is a music and dance genre traditionally performed by Badiu women from the island of Santiago in Cabo Verde. The Badiu were the descendants of slaves who escaped to the center of the island and maintained their own...

Heavy Metal in South Africa

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Heavy metal in South Africa has experienced a distinctly political development historically. South Africa’s global marginalization during apartheid meant that many international bands boycotted the country, or simply did not regard South...

Akan Recreational Music

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The term ‘Akan recreational music’ is used by Ghanaian musicians and musicologists to describe a variety of informal drumming, dancing and singing styles of the various Akan groups of southern Ghana. Since these styles are not linked...

Bubblegum

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Bubblegum, or township pop as it is also called, is a musical style that developed in South Africa during the 1980s. Largely popular among urban black youth, bubblegum shares certain similarities with disco pop or bubblegum elsewhere...

Cumbé

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Cumbé is a neo-traditional music and dance genre among the Annobonese people in Equatorial Guinea. It originated in the multiethnic environment of Malabo (the capital city, located on the island of Bioko, formerly known as Fernando Po...

Hawl

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...El-hawl is the most representative classical music style of the northwest-African region of Trab el-Bidhân, which mainly encompasses present-day Mauritania and Western Sahara. The Bidhân people, a traditionally crossroads culture of Arab...