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Musical Journeys in Sumatra

Margaret Kartomi


Although Sumatra is the sixth largest island in the world and home to an estimated 44 million Indonesians, its musical arts and cultures have not been the subject of a book-length study until now. Documenting and explaining the ethnographic, cultural, and historical contexts of Sumatra's performing arts, this book also traces the changes in their style, content, and reception from the early 1970s onward. The book offers a fascinating ethnographic record of vanishing musical genres, traditions, and practices that have become deeply compromised by the pressures of urbanization, rural poverty, an ... More

Keywords: musical arts, urbanization, rural poverty, government policy, Indonesian music, Sumatra, performing arts, musical genres

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036712
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036712.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Kartomi, author
Monash University

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