Romani Routes

Romani Routes : Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora

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Over the past two decades, a steady stream of recordings, videos, feature films, festivals, and concerts has presented the music of Balkan Gypsies, or Roma, to Western audiences, who have greeted them with exceptional enthusiasm. Yet, as author Carol Silverman notes, "Roma are revered as musicians and reviled as people." In this book, Silverman introduces readers to the people and cultures who produce this music, offering a sensitive and incisive analysis of how Romani musicians address the challenges of discrimination. Focusing on southeastern Europe then moving to the diaspora, her book examines the music within Romani communities, the lives and careers of outstanding musicians, and the marketing of music in the electronic media and "world music" concert circuit. Silverman touches on the way that the Roma exemplify many qualities- adaptability, cultural hybridity, transnationalism-that are taken to characterize late modern experience. Rather than just celebrating these qualities, she presents the musicians as complicated, pragmatic individuals who work creatively within the many constraints that inform their lives. As both a performer and presenter on the world music circuit, Silverman has worked extensively with Romani communities for more than two decades both in their home countries and in the diaspora. At a time when the political and economic plight of European Roma and the popularity of their music are objects of international attention, Silverman's book is incredibly more

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 160.02 x 238.76 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 16 photographs and two diagrams
  • 0195300947
  • 9780195300949
  • 1,325,040

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Highly recommended. * L. De Danaam, CHOICE *show more

About Carol Silverman

Carol Silverman, Professor of Anthropology and Folklore at the University of Oregon, has been involved with Romani culture for over 25 years as a researcher, teacher, activist, and performer. Her numerous articles have appeared in anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, and cultural studies more

Table of contents

Table of Contents ; Acknowledgements ; Notes on Transliteration ; Guide to the Website (video examples, audio examples, photographs, and text supplements) ; List of Figures ; Part I: Introduction ; Chapter 1: Balkan Roma: History, Politics, and Performance ; Chapter 2: Musical Styles and Genres ; Chapter 3: Dilemmas of Diaspora, Hybridity, and Identity ; Part II: Music in Diasporic Homes ; Chapter 4: Transnational Families ; Chapter 5: Transnational Celebrations ; Chapter 6: Transnational Dance ; Part III Music, States, and Markets ; Chapter 7: Dilemmas of Heritage and the Bulgarian Socialist State ; Chapter 8: Cultural Politics of Postsocialist Markets and Festivals ; Chapter 9: Bulgarian Pop/folk: Chalga ; Part IV: Musicians in Transit ; Chapter 10: Esma Redzepova:show more

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