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Manele in Romania Cultural Expression and Social Meaning in Balkan Popular Music

by Margaret Beissinger

Part of the Europea: Ethnomusicologies & Modernities Series

Manele in Romania Cultural Expression and Social Meaning in Balkan Popular Music Synopsis

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.

Manele in Romania Cultural Expression and Social Meaning in Balkan Popular Music Press Reviews

This extraordinary book has a high applicability both among scholars from various disciplines and the wider public of those who want to achieve a greater understanding of the turbulent social reality Southeastern countries are struggling with. * Folkloristika * The richness of grounded knowledge throughout Manele in Romania would distinguish a single-author work in popular and folk music studies, let alone an edited volume. * Slavic Review * To my knowledge, this well-researched book is the very first volume of essays written in English on the subject of the musical genre of manele. . . The fieldwork completed for the volume has resulted in a diverse collection of material . . . . Manele in Romania: Cultural Expression and Meaning in Balkan Popular Music is recommended for scholars, students, and readers interested in music, history, ethnic, social, and political studies of Romania and the Balkans. The website [http://www.manele-in-romania.ro/] is a convenient source for both a classroom setting and personal use. * Slavic and East European Journal *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781442267077
Publication date: 8th August 2016
Author: Margaret Beissinger
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 348 pages
Categories: World music, Folk & traditional music,

About Margaret Beissinger

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 ...

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