International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 31 (1999)

Articles for the 1999 Yearbook for Traditional Music focus on popular music and transational processes. The guest editor for this issue is Krister Malm. Reviews of books, records, and films complete the issue.

General Editor:  Dieter Christensen


  • ‘Global Popular Musics and Changing Awareness of Urban Tanzanian Youth’ by Pieter Remes.
  • ‘From Schottis to Bonnjazz: Some Remarks on the Construction of Swedishness’ by K. Olle Edström.
  • ‘The Politics of Passion: The Impact of Bolero on Brazilian Musical Expressions’ by Samuel Araújo.
  • ‘Globalizing Hula’ by Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman.
  • ‘Globalization and the Tango’ by Chris Goertzen and María Susana Azzi.
  • ‘Growing and Grooving to a Steady Beat: Pop Music in Fifth-Graders' Social Lives’ by Amanda Minks.
  • ‘Music, Spirit Possession and the Copyright Law: Cross-Cultural Comparisons and Strategic Speculations’ by Martin Rudoy Scherzinger.

Book Reviews

  • Béla Bartók Studies in Ethnomusicology by Benjamin Suchoff. Review by Svanibor Pettan.
  • "Vom tönenden Wirbel menschlichen Tuns." Erich M. von Hornbostel als Gestaltpsychologe, Archivar und Musik-wissenschaftler by Sebastian Klotz. Review by Dieter Christensen.
  • A Question of Balance: Charles Seeger's Philosophy of Music by Taylor Aitken Greer. Review by Daniel T. Neely.
  • Indonesian Music and Dance: Traditional Music and Its Interaction with the West. A Compilation of Articles (1935-1952) by Jaap Kunst Originally Published in Dutch with Biographical Essays by Ernst Heins, Elisabeth den Otter, and Felix van Lamsweerde by Maya Frijn; Sandra Reijnhart; Andrew Baxter. Review by Sarah Weiss.
  • In the Course of Performance: Studies in the World of Musical Improvisation by Bruno Nettl; Melinda Russell. Review by Ben Brinner.
  • Any Sound You Can Imagine: Making Music/Consuming Technology by Paul Théberge. Review by Leslie C. Gay, Jr..
  • Music and Social Movements: Mobilizing Traditions in the Twentieth Century by Ron Eyerman; Andrew Jamison. Review by Gage Averill.
  • The Exotic in Western Music by Jonathan Bellman. Review by Barbara Rose Lange.
  • Indian Music and the West by Gerry Farrell. Review by Stephen Slawek.
  • Sitar and Sarod in the 18th and 19th Centuries by Allyn Miner. Review by Peter Manuel.
  • Music of the Ottoman Court: Makam, Composition and the Early Ottoman Instrumental Repertoire by Walter Feldman. Review by Martin Stokes.
  • The Voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthūm, Arabic Song and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century by Virginia Danielson. Review by Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco.
  • Voices in Bali: Energies and Perceptions in Vocal Music and Dance Theater by Edward Herbst. Review by Michael B. Bakan.
  • Music beyond Sound: Transcriptions of Music for the Chinese Silk-String zither by John Thompson. Review by Mercedes M. Dujunco.
  • Chinese Folk Songs and Folk Singers. Shan'ge Tradition in Southern Jiangsu by Antoinet Schimmelpenninck. Review by Yu Hui.
  • State Sacrifices and Music in Ming China: Orthodoxy, Creativity, and Expressiveness by Joseph S. C. Lam. Review by Li Wei.
  • Women's Gidayû and the Japanese Theatre Tradition by A. Kimi Coaldrake. Review by Junko Oba.
  • Songs of Spirits: An Ethnography of Sounds in a Papua New Guinea Society by Yoichi Yamada; Jun'ichi Ohno. Review by Steven Feld.
  • Souffles d'Amazonie: Les Orchestres "Tule" des Wayãpi by Jean-Michel Beaudet. Review by Rafael José De Menezes Bastos and Acácio Tadeu De Camargo Piedade .
  • The Big Drum Ritual of Carriacou: Praisesongs in Rememory of Flight by Lorna McDaniel. Review by Donald R. Hill.
  • Listening to Salsa: Gender, Latin Popular Music, and Puerto Rican Cultures by Frances Aparicio. Review by Shannon Dudley.
  • Music of Hindu Trinidad: Songs from the Indian Diaspora by Helen Myers. Review by Jayendran Pillay.
  • Reggae Routes: The Story of Jamaican Music by Kevin O'Brien Chang; Wayne Chang. Review by Daniel T. Neely.
  • Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations by Brian Ward. Review by Ingrid Monson.
  • Saying Something: Jazz Improvisation and Interaction by Ingrid Monson. Review by Christopher A. Waterman.
  • Public Worship, Private Faith: Sacred Harp and American Folksong by John Bealle. Review by Daniel T. Neely.
  • Dear Harp of My Country: The Irish Melodies of Thomas Moore by James Flannery; Janet Harbison; Sources of Irish Traditional Music c.1600-1855. An Annotated Catalogue of Prints and Manuscripts 1583-1855 by Aloys Fleischmann; How Shall We Sing in a Foreign Land? Music of Irish Catholic Immigrants in the Antebellum United States by Robert R. Grimes; The Companion to Irish Traditional Music by Fintan Vallely; The Keeper's Recital. Music and Cultural History in Ireland 1770-1970 by Harry White; Seamus Deane. Review by Ann Buckley.
  • Fiddling for Norway: Revival and Identity by Chris Goertzen. Review by Carl Rahkonen.
  • Sveriges Medeltida Ballader (Sweden's Medieval Ballads) by Bengt R. Jonsson. Review by Richard Jones-Bamman.
  • Engendering Song: Singing and Subjectivity at Prespa Albanian Weddings by Jane Sugarman. Review by Ankica Petrović.
  • Music, Politics, and War: Views from Croatia by Svanibor Pettan. Review by Ljerka Vidić Rasmussen.
  • Sociality. Music. Dance: Human Figurations in a Transylvanian Valley by Paul Nixon. Review by Barbara Rose Lange.
  • La médecine de l'âme. Le chant de Sanaa dans la société yéménite by Jean Lambert. Review by Luc Weissenberg.

Record Reviews


  • Dònkili, Call to Dance, Festival Music from Mali by Rainer Polak. Review by Edda Brandes.
  • Egypt: Echoes of the Nile, Aspects of Egyptian Music by Nobuo Mizuno. Review by Józef Pacholczyk.
  • Music Tradition of Malawi by UNESCO-funded research team; Francis Kakatera; Christopher Kamlongera; James Matebule; Joseph Mndeke; Wapulumuka Mulwafu; Charles Namondwe; Mitchel Strumpf. Review by Wim Van Zanten.
  • Madagascar: Land of the Betsimisaraka by Alain Desjacques; Victor Randrianary. Review by August Schmidhofer.
  • An Bè Kelen: We Are One. Griot Music from Mali by Jan Jensen; Bonya: Respect. Griot Music from Mali by Jan Jensen. Review by Timothy Mangin.
  • The Spirit of Acholi: Songs and Dances of the Acholi in Uganda by Joop Veuger. Review by Peter Cooke.
  • Tanzania: Music of the Farmer Composers of Sukumaland by Frank Gunderson. Review by Stephen Hill.
  • Uganda and Other African Nations: Feasts of the Savanna, Musical Journey through East and West Africa by Jun Mori. Review by Roberta King.

Australia and Oceania

  • Australia: Music from the New England Tablelands of NSW, 1850-1900 by Fritz Kreusler; Al Heeney. Review by Jill Stubington.
  • Solomon Islands: 'Are'Are Intimate and Ritual Music by Hugo Zemp. Review by Dieter Christensen.
  • Afo 'o e 'ofa: Strings of Love, Tongan Stringband Music by Lucia Linkels; Ad Linkels. Review by Jacob Love.

North America

  • Children of the Heav'nly King: Religious Expression in the Central Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Field Team; Charles K. Wolf. Review by Carol Fisher Mathieson.
  • Deep Polka, Dance Music from the Midwest by Richard March. Review by Charles Keil.
  • Harp of a Thousand Strings, All Day Singing from the Sacred Harp by Alan Lomax. Review by Jason Oakes.
  • Heartbeat 2: More Voices of First Nations Women. Review by Elaine Keillor.
  • The Music of Arab Americans: A Retrospective Collection. Review by Virginia Danielson.
  • Wood That Sings: Indian Fiddle Music of the Americas. Review by J. Richard Haefer.

Central America and the Caribbean

  • Brown Girl in the Ring: Game and Pass Play Songs Sung by Children and Adults from Trinidad, Tobago, Dominica, St. Lucia, Anguilla, Nevis, and Carriacou by Alan Lomax. Review by Jason Oakes.
  • Caribbean Island Music, Music of Song and Dances from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica by John Storm Roberts. Review by Maurea Landies.
  • Cien Años de Tradición: Organo Oriental, Street Organ Music from the Oriente de Cuba by Eugenio Cuayo Ochoa; Manuel de Jesus Leyva Barrera; Guillermo Felix Ayala; Juan Rodriguez; Silvio Rodriguez; Ricardo Veranes. Review by Elizabeth Sayre.
  • The Real Bahamas: African American Spirituals, Gospels, and Anthems in Old Rhyming Tradition by Peter K. Siegel; Jody Stecher. Review by Daniel Avorgbedor.

South America

  • Vasallos del Sol, Canto de Sirenas by Edgar Espinoza. Review by David Evans.

East Asia

  • Lost Melodies Rediscovered, Recordings of the Kawakami Troupe at the 1900 Paris Exposition by Fred Gaisberg. Review by Joseph Lam.

Southeast Asia

  • Gamelan Degung, Classical Music of Sunda, West Java by Ernst Heins. Review by Henry Spiller.
  • Night Music of West Sumatra by Philip Yampolsky; Melayu Music of Sumatra and the Riau Islands by Philip Yampolsky; Gongs and Vocal Music from Sumatra by Philip Yampolsky. Review by Margaret Kartomi.
  • Kalimantan: Dayak Ritual and Festival Music by Philip Yampolsky. Review by Gini Gorlinski.
  • Music from the Forests of Riau and Mentawai by Philip Yampolsky. Review by Bart Barendregt.
  • Music from the Southeast, Sumbawa, Sumba, Timor by Philip Yampolsky. Review by R. Anderson Sutton.
  • South Sulawesi Strings by Philip Yampolsky. Review by Gini Gorlinski.
  • Udan Mas Ensemble Lingkung Seni 'Malati,' with Ida Widawati. Review by Henry Spiller.

South Asia

  • India: Traveling Artists of the Desert. The Vernacular Musical Culture of Rajasthan by Keiji Azami. Review by Paul D. Greene.
  • Shiva Mahadeva. Dagar Brothers. Dhrupad, Classical Vocal Music of North India. Review by Joseph J. Palackal.

Central Asia

  • Jargalant Altai: Xöömii and Other Vocal and Instrumental Music from Mongolia by Chris Johnston. Review by Tran Quang Hai.
  • Khomus: Jew's Harp Music of Turkic Peoples in the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia by Vyacheslav Shurov. Review by Gjermund Kolltvett.
  • Mongolia: Living Music of the Steppes. Instrumental Music and Song of Mongolia by Haruo Hasumi. Review by Trân Quang Hai.

West Asia

  • Djanali Akberov (Trio Khân Shushinski). Mugam d'Azerbaijan by Pierre Simonin; Pierre Bois; Gandab Gulieva. Mugam d'Azerbaijan by Pierre Simonin; Pierre Bois. Review by Leo J. Plenckers.
  • Afghanistan: Traditional Musicians. A Journey to an Unknown Musical World by WDR; Afghanistan: On Marco Polo's Road, The Musicians of Kunduz and Faizabad by Tomoaki Fujii; Tokiko Nobusawa. Review by John Baily.
  • Kayhan Kalhor: Scattering Stars like Dust by Patrick Derivaz. Review by Wendy S. DeBano.
  • Madāhkhānī, Ghazalkhānī, Dafsāz: Religious Music from Badakhshān by Jan van Belle. Review by Lorraine Sakata.
  • The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch: Liturgical Chants of Lent and Good Friday by Habib Hassan Touma. Review by Ines Weinrich.
  • Mystical Legacies: Ali Jihad Racy Performs Music of the Middle East (Accompanied by Souhail Kaspar). Review by Anne K. Rasmussen.
  • Uzundärä: Ancient Wedding Dance Music of Azerbaijan by Boyd Noorda. Review by Veronica Doubleday.
  • Women of Istanbul. Review by Susanne Ziegler.
  • Women's Love and Life: Female Folklore from Azerbaijan by Taira Kerimova. Review by Razia Sultanova.


  • Norway: Fiddle and Hardanger Fiddle Music from Agder by Vidar Lande. Review by Carl Rahkonen.
  • Hungary and Romania: Descendents of the Itinerant Gypsies. Melodies of Sorrow and Joy by Kazuyuki Tanimoto; Norio Inagaki; Mark Greenberg; Tokiko Nobusawa. Review by Eva Kiss.
  • Georgia: The Resounding Polyphony of the Caucasus by Minoru Morita. Review by Susanne Ziegler.
  • Solovka: The Moscow Folk Song Ensemble by Viacheslav Shchurov; Moscow Radio; Jovan E. Howe. Review by Izaly Zemtsovsky.

Film Reviews

  • El Charanguero by Jeffrey Briggs; Simona Muñoz-Briggs; Cecilia Castillo. Review by Enrique Camara De Landa.
  • An Argentinian Journey by Jana Bokova. Review by Deborah Schwartz-Kates.
  • Massana: Moments in Yaka Play and Ritual by Ingrid Pfrang-Lewis; Nicolas Lewis. Review by Steven Feld.
  • The Music District by Susan Levitas. Review by Charles Keil.