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Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Mark Kidel
Resurgence (July 2009)

“Has the dislocation of ‘world’ music from its context in community and place led to multicultural mediocrity?... In the late 1970s, when rock music had become a little too pompous for its own good, the adventurous aficionado had, broadly speaking, two ways out: the do-it-yourself three-chord frenzy of punk – an energy-fuelled retreat from over-sophistication and commercialism – or the exploration of music from other cultures. Not that Balinese gamelan, Sufi qawwali singing or the soukous rhythms of dance music from Zaire were as simple as they first appeared, but there was a freshness there that appealed to the jaded ears of a generation.”


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