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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
This is a wide-ranging, insightful and often fascinating survey of popular ethnic musics of the world. The title is perhaps a bit misleading. By "western" Manuel clearly means modern Northern European and those parts of the Americas most directly influenced by the Anglo-Germanic traditions of Northern Europe. This is certainly a current and popular connotation for the word, and most readers should have no trouble with Manuel's use of the term in this way. Readers who are used to thinking of "western" as comprising Europe, Africa and the Americas, however, will have to make adjustments. Manuel excludes consideration of "westernized" popular music forms as Greek rebetika and Jamaican reggae and ska.
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