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Transcultural reception and meaning in world music: the case of British-Asian musics

Leante, Laura (2005). Transcultural reception and meaning in world music: the case of British-Asian musics. In: Astrauskas, Rimantas ed. Traditional music and research in the Baltic area: New approaches in ethnomusicology. Vilnius, Lithuania: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, pp. 122–130.

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This paper deals with the intercultural reception of music, with particular reference to the case of British-Asian music produced and marketed on the Anglo-American mainstream market. How is the process of reception characterised in such a context? How do Western listeners relate to this music? What is communicated and/or perceived and what are the features of the communication taking place? In other words: what is the meaning of this music?
If on the one hand, formal, melodic and rhythmic analysis helps understanding of how the encounter between Western pop and "other" musics takes place in these repertories, on the other hand, applied semiotics seem to be a key means for the comprehension of the signification at the receptive level. As a case study, a song by British-Asian artist Nitin Sawhney will be analysed.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9986-503-36-1, 978-9986-503-36-1
Extra Information: This book contains 28 articles based on papers delivered at the 18th European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, 2002.
Keywords: ethnomusicology; British Asian music; diaspora; music reception; music semiotics, Nitin Sawhney
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 3462
Depositing User: Laura Leante
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 12:34
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