MAW folk music assignments 2010
This week everyone will present material often filed under the "folk" or "folkloric" labels. These are admittedly vague, somewhat value-laden, labels, and in addition to thinking about how the music you're considering has been (or could be) considered "folk" or "folkloric", you should also feel free to problematize or critique such a categorization, thinking about how the categorization itself is often an expression of power.
Each presenter should (a) provide an overview of her or his reading/topic, (b) supply AV examples (some are listed on this page; you can bring your laptop, or use mine, in order to share these with the class), then (c) critique and raise a few questions for discussion. In other words, treat these presentations as oral versions of what you'd do in an SC paper centered on your topic. Plan for around 10-15 minutes of presentation max, to allow time for discussion.
All readings are on http://bit.ly/ammoodle except as linked below.
Feel free to edit your entry, adding links to AV material, optional readings, and thought/discussion questions, as you wish.
Important: Everyone should read everything to be presented, in addition to whatever was required reading. That way we can have a meaningful discussion.
Adrienne: Bar-Yosef, Amatzia (1998). Traditional Rural Style under a Process of Change: The Singing Style of the "Hadday", Palestinian Folk Poet-Singers. Asian Music, 29(2), 57-82
Patrick: Racy, A. J. (1996). Heroes, Lovers, and Poet-Singers: The Bedouin Ethos in the Music of the Arab Near-East. Journal of American Folklore, 109(434), 404-424. [On the influence of Bedouin music]
 This is an example of the mihbaj (coffee grinder) and its musical qualities that are associated with hospitality, honor etc.
Justina: Hoffman, Katherine E. (2002). Generational Change in Berber Women's Song of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco. Ethnomusicology 46(3), pp. 510-540
Mahsa: Touma, The Music of the Arabs, pp. 88-95 (Fjiri songs of the Arabian Gulf).
Amanda: Sultans of Spin: Syrian Sacred Music on the World Stage, AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST 105(2):266-277.
Mevlevi performance as "folk" music? (Think about politics of this claim - in Turkey, or in Syria, or on the "world stage"...)