Bring the Noise: Popular Music Studies

Curated by Sophia Frankford

Sounding Repetition and Change: Loudspeakers and the Folklore Festival of Parintins, Brazil


The Folklore Festival, or Boi-Bumbá Festival, is an annual celebration that takes place in Parintins, a city located on the Tupinambarana island in the state of Amazonas, Brazil.

Touching Synchrony: Drag Queens, Skins, and the Touch of the Heroine


Lip-syncing is one of the drag queen’s most valuable skills. She stands on stage, silently moving her lips to the voice of another, embodying that voice and persona in a performance style honed over generations of predecessors.

“We are all Algerian here”: Music, Community and Citizenship in Algerian London


Citizenship, community and national identity have been brought to the fore in public discourse in recent months by the political situations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sheikh Imam: “A Voice of the People”


For much of his adult life, Sheikh Imam ‘Issa (born Muhammad Ahmad ‘Issa, 1918- 1995) lived as many musicians did in early- to mid-twentieth century Cairo: eking out a living in a dual role as Quran reciter/muezzin, and singer/composer of secular songs for the commercial market.

Thoughts on Convergence and Divergence in Vocaloid Culture (and Beyond)


Since the early 2000s, the concept of convergence has been discussed actively in the fields of media, fan, and popular music studies. Scholars in these fields have developed this concept to explain the fluidity of digital media content across different online platforms, cooperation among media industries, and the active and participatory nature of end users (Galbraith and Karlin, eds.

Entering the Virtual Cipher

For the last seven years I’ve been following the spread of hip hop culture in Egypt. When I visit Cairo, I always look forward to hearing new songs at my friends’ rap shows. And the big annual breakdance battles never fail to impress with new b-boy talent. But usually, I find myself gravitating towards the more informal hip hop “performances” that happen off stage. It’s from these that I learn the most.

Legendary Cyphers: The Pedagogy of Rhyme

Introduction: Ciphers in the Park

It’s Friday night and you’ve just ascended the stairway leading to Union Square Park in New York City from the subway below. Car horns, conversations, dance music, these are some of the many stimuli that try to attract your attention. In one corner of the park, you see a circle of people, nodding their heads in unison. As you get closer, you hear the bassline of J.

CFP: Ethnomusicology Review/Sounding Board, Special Issue on Pulse nightclub

The Sounding Board blog of Ethnomusicology Review, in conjunction with SEM’s Gender and Sexualities Taskforce (GST), invites submissions for a special issue on Pulse nightclub.

Producing Culture from Afar: Equatoguinean Musicians in Spain

Over the past three decades, a number of popular musicians from Equatorial Guinea have settled in Spain. Taking advantage of new infrastructures, better-established record labels, and a variety of contacts within the Spanish and European culture industry, these artists have not only promoted Equatoguinean music in Spain, but also influenced popular music-making in their home country.

Review| Longing for the Past: The 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia

Longing for the Past: The 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia, Edited by David Murray with Essays and Annotations by Jason Gibbs, David Harnish, Terry E. Miller, David Murray, Sooi Beng Tan, and Kit Young. Atlanta: Dust-To-Digital, 2013. [272 pp. ISBN-13: 9781938922572, Hardcover: $57.50].


Reviewed by Meghan Hynson / Duquesne University



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