International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 46 (2014)

Articles for the 2014 Yearbook for Traditional Music focus on themes from ICTM's 42nd World Conference, held in Shanghai, China, in July 2013 and hosted by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The guest editor for this issue is J. Lawrence Witzleben. Reviews of books, compact discs, videos, and websites complete the issue.

General Editor:  Kati Szego

Table of Contents

  • Guest Editor’s Preface by J. Lawrence Witzleben
  • General Editor’s Preface by Kati Szego


  • ‘More than Two Koreas: Cultural Intersection and Chinese Korean Musicians in Contemporary South Korean Music Scenes’ by Sunhee Koo
  • ‘Facing the Predicament of Wordlessness: When We Speak of Certain Musical Sounds’ by Shen Qia
  • ‘Performing Transition in Mongolia: Repatriation and Loss in the Music of Kazakh Mobile Pastoralists’ by Jennifer C. Post
  • ‘The Chinese Community and the Corneta China: Two Divergent Paths in Cuba’ by Rolando Antonio Pérez Fernández
  • ‘Driving Change, Sparking Debate: Chi Bulag and the Morin Huur in Inner Mongolia, China’ by Charlotte D’Evelyn
  • ‘Escorting Lady Jing Home: A Journey of Chinese Opera, Gender, and Politics’ by Joseph S.C. Lam
  • ‘Masculinized China vs. the Feminized West: Musical Intertextuality and Cultural Representations in Once Upon a Time in China I and II’ by Po-wei Weng
  • ‘Sonic Expressions of Cosmological Awareness: A Comparative Study of Funeral Rituals among Han Chinese Living in the Yangzi River Valley’ by Qi Kun
  • ‘Balancing the Human and Spiritual Worlds: Ritual, Music, and Dance among Dusunic Societies in Sabah’ by Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan
  • ‘Ethnomusicology in Times of Trouble’ by Timothy Rice

Book Reviews

  • Howard, Keith, ed. Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage: Policy, Ideology, and Practice in the Preservation of East Asian Traditions. Review by Anthony Seeger
  • García, Miguel A. Etnografías del encuentro. Saberes y relatos sobre otras músicas. Review by Julio Mendívil
  • Wolf, Richard K., ed. Theorizing the Local: Music, Practice, and Experience in South Asia and Beyond. Review by Mark Slobin
  • Gray, John. Baila! A Bibliographic Guide to Afro-Latin Dance Musics from Mambo to Salsa. Review by Robin Moore
  • Magriel, Nicholas with Lalita du Perron. The Songs of Khyāl. Review by Peter Manuel
  • Scales, Christopher A. Recording Culture: Powwow Music and the Aboriginal Recording Industry. Review by Gordon E. Smith
  • Gebesmair, Andreas, Anja Brunner, and Regina Sperlich. Balkanboom! Eine Geschichte der Balkanmusik in Österreich. Review by Barbara Alge
  • Kohl S., Randall Ch. Ecos de “La bamba”: Una historia etnomusicológica sobre el son jarocho de Veracruz 1946–1959. Review by Steven Loza and Daniel Sheehy
  • Hellier, Ruth, ed. Women Singers in Global Contexts: Music, Biography, Identity. Review by Susanne Ziegler
  • Popova, Deniza. Authentizität, Medialität und Identität. Wege der Definition und Transformation “authentischer bulgarischer Musiken”. Review by Helen Hahmann
  • Rahaim, Matthew. Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music. Review by Sarah Morelli
  • Weiner, Isaac. Religion Out Loud: Religious Sound, Public Space, and American Pluralism. Review by Marin Marian- Bălașa

Book Notes

Download the “Book Notes” section of the Yearbook for Traditional Music, Vol. 46 (2014) in PDF format.

Audio Reviews


  • Diɛt ke Jiëëŋ ne Cuëny Thudän / Songs of the Dinka of South Sudan. Review by Zoe Cormack
  • Kenya: L’obokano, lyre des Gusii / The Obokano, Lyre of the Gusii. Review by Andrew J. Eisenberg
  • The La Drivers Union Por Por Group: Por Por: Honk Horn Music of GhanaThe La Drivers Union Por Por Group: Klebo! Honk Horn Music from Ghana. Review by Noel Lobley
  • Nii Otoo Annan and Steven Feld: Bufo Variations. Review by Trevor Wiggins
  • Nii Otoo Annan: Ghana Sea Blues. Review by Amanda Villepastour

North America

  • Cape Breton Island Protest Songs. Review by Marion MacLeod

South America

  • ¡Así Kotama! The Flutes of Otavalo, Ecuador. Review by Xabier Etxeberria Adrien
  • Button Accordion and Bandoneón Music from Northern Uruguay: Los Gauchos de Roldán. Review by Morgan Luker

Central Asia

  • Basgo Castle: Songs and Dances of Ladakh. Review by Anna Morcom
  • Karjam Saeji: Tibet in My Heart. Review by Anna Morcom

East Asia

  • Hyelim Kim: Taegŭm Collection: Nim. Review by Andrew Killick
  • July 24, 1896: Korean First Recording: (Minyo) Korean Traditional Songs. Review by Andrew Killick

South Asia

  • Cachemire: Le sūfyāna kalām de Srinagar / Kashmir: Sūfyāna Kalām from Srinagar: Ustad Ghulām Mohammad Sāznavāz. Review by Karim Gillani

Australia and Oceania

  • Musiques du Vanuatu: Fêtes et mystères / Music of Vanuatu: Celebrations and Mysteries. Review by Raymond Ammann


  • ICTM Ireland: Fieldwork; The Full English. Review by Ian Russell
  • Uncensored Folk Music of Austria: Recorded and Collected by Chris Strachwitz and Johnny Parth. Review by Thomas Nussbaumer

Film/Video Reviews

  • This is a Music! Reclaiming an Untouchable Drum. Review by Barley Norton
  • Cineastas Indígenas Kĩsêdjê / Kĩsêdjê [Suyá] Filmmakers. Review by Anthony Seeger
  • Ati-atihan Lives. Review by Richie Neil Hao
  • Duduki of Tbilisi. Review by Songül Karahasanoğlu
  • Beyond the Text: Growing into Music in Azerbaijan. Review by Inna Naroditskaya

Website Reviews

  • Ethnomusicology Review. Review by Judith Klassen
  • Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. Review by Kelly Natasha Foreman
  • El Oído Pensante. Review by Fiorella Montero Diaz
  • Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM). Review by Brenda M. Romero
  • Norient: Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture. Review by Amanda L. Scherbenske