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Folk • Roots • World
No of Resources: 6
Jus’ LedJus’ Led
Jus’ Led
Master of Slack: The Legacy of Led Kaapana

Now 70, after more than thirty albums and ni Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, slack key guitar master Ledward Kaapana is still a down-to-earth kid from Kalapana.Led puts his rich baritone and piercing falsetto to stunning use on …

Finding MekiaFinding Mekia
Finding Mekia
Hawaii's Mekia Kealakai & the World’s Most Famous Acoustic Guitar

Luther Kilin Reece traced the origin of the world’s most famous acoustic guitar, and it led him straight to a forgotten Hawaiian virtuoso.Through his dogged research sifting through archives in Hawai‘i and on the Main…

Chuck BerryChuck Berry
Chuck Berry
The Double Helix Of Rock & Roll

An abridged version of an essay on Chuck Berry, published in Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader, adapted from a talk delivered at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. As Mr. Tate puts it, "…the Real Architect of Rock & Roll, the Mas…

Rhythmic Syllables
Rhythmic Syllables
Introduction, Analysis and Conceptual Approach in Carnatic Music of South India

This article explores the rhythmic alphabet of the Carnatic System along-with its analysis, concepts and its applications. A concept-based application has lesser chances of failures during a performance and offers immense scope for impro…

Endangered Musical Heritage As A Wicked Problem
Endangered Musical Heritage As A Wicked Problem

The issue of the widespread decline and loss of musical heritage has recently found increasing prominence in ethnomusicological discourse, and many applied projects from grassroots to international levels strive to support g…

I Am the Chosen One
I Am the Chosen One
Zubir Abdullah and the Far World of Maqam in Singapore
  • Joint Symposium of ICTM Study Groups on Maqām & Music in the Arab World (Ankara, Turkey, 2014)
  • Dr. Gisa Jähnichen
  • English2014
  • Article

Singapore’s history is strongly connected to the Malay World which surrounds the small Island at the southernmost tip of Peninsular Malaysia. The Malay world itself is a place of economic, ethnic and religious crossroads inhabited by var…

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