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Negotiating and enacting musical innovation and continuity : how some Torres Strait Islander songwriters incorporate traditional dance chants within contemporary songs

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posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Karl NeuenfeldtKarl Neuenfeldt, Lynette CostiganLynette Costigan
Many Indigenous peoples worldwide engage with popular music and popular music forms, often striving to find a balance between traditional and contemporary influences. This article uses ethnographic data from Australian Torres Strait Islander songwriters to explore the processes and rationales they use when incorporating traditional dance chants within contemporary songs. The research demonstrates some of their processes of innovation and continuation while they negotiate crucial cultural and community politics that inform not only music and dance but also other forms of contemporary Indigenous artistic expression. The songwriters perceive themselves as creators but creators who must also work within the cultural, social and aesthetic dictates of their communities.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

5

Issue

2

Start Page

113

End Page

128

Number of Pages

16

ISSN

1444-2213

Location

Oxon, UK

Publisher

Routledge, Taylor and Francis Ltd

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Informatics and Communication; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Asia Pacific journal of anthropology.

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