This edited volume examines manele (sg. manea), an urban Romanian song-dance ethnopop genre that combines local traditional and popular music with Balkan and Middle Eastern elements. The genre is performed primarily by male Romani musicians at weddings and clubs and appeals especially to Romanian and Romani youth. It became immensely popular after the collapse of communism, representing for many the newly liberated social conditions of the post-1989 world. But manele have also engendered much controversy among the educated and professional elite, who view the genre as vulgar and even alien to the Romanian national character. The essays collected here examine the manea phenomenon as a vibrant form of cultural expression that engages in several levels of social meaning, all informed by historical conditions, politics, aesthetics, tradition, ethnicity, gender, class, and geography.
|Publication date:||8th August 2016|
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield|
|Categories:||World music, Folk & traditional music,|
Margaret Beissinger teaches in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. Her research and writing focuses on Balkan cultures and oral traditions, oral epic, and Romani traditional culture and music-making, with an emphasis on southern Romania, where she has undertaken extensive fieldwork both before and after the 1989 revolution, especially among Romani musicians. Speranta Radulescu is an ethnomusicologist at the Peasant Museum in Bucharest and associate professor at the National University of Music-Bucharest. A specialist on lautar music, she is author of numerous books and articles and supervises the Ethnophonie series (twenty-five CDs so far) that features traditional ...More About Margaret Beissinger