The Oud, the Bad and the Ugly: Transmitting 'roots' in the discourse and experience of World music in Australia

International Association for the Study of Popular Music
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Routes, Roots and Routines: Selected papers from the 2011 Australia/New Zealand IASPM Conference, 2012, pp. 34 - 41
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The subject of World music has been scrutinized by scholars since the first use of this term by record companies in 1987 (see for example Mitchell, 1993; Erlman, 1996; Feld, 2000; Frith, 2000; Brennan, 2001; Bohlman, 2002; Brusila, 2003; Stokes, 2004; Smith, 2005; Scott-Maxwell, 2008). The following paper builds on this research, discussing tensions between the marketing discourses of World Music in Australia, contrasted views expressed by some of the musicians working in these performance contexts. Drawing on ethnographic data gained in interviews with musicians from culturally and linguistically diverse music styles working in Australia, this paper considers the effects of this apparent disjunct between discourse and practice from the perspective of ARIA award winner and Hindustani tabla player Bobby Singh. His experiences working in this space will be positioned within a wider discourse that engages issues of musical diversity in Australia
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