Summertime in Indonesia? The Indonesian Jazz All-Stars 1967 tour of Europe

John Libbey & Company
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Perfect Beat: The Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture, 2006, 8 (1), pp. 3 - 21
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In late 1966, a group of Indonesian jazz musicians approached the energetic West-German broadcaster, writer and so-called 'jazz pope' Joachim-Ernst Berendt with the proposal that he assist them in mounting a tour of Europe. This tour represented what E. Taylor Atkins, a historian of Japanese jazz, calls a 'strategy of authentication', intended to secure the playing experience these musicians craved (2001: 12). It would be the first time that a group of Indonesian jazzmen perfonned on the international stage. As it transpired, their tour also generated an early instance of proto- 'world music'.
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