Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut

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The past couple of years have seen a wave of new scholarship—monographs, edited collections and articles—on contemporary popular musics in the Middle East. If some genres—notably including Palestinian rap—have received a lion's share of this scholarly attention, others—including the subject matter of this book—have received far less exposure. In this welcome volume, Burkhalter introduces the reader to a string of flourishing, cosmopolitan alternative music scenes in Beirut, via a survey of several musical genres (electronica, jazz, rap, metal and others), an in-depth discussion of several tracks and a contextual history of Lebanese popular music.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-271
Number of pages4
JournalEthnomusicology Forum
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


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