About WMT Chapters

The World Music Textbook is comprised of “chapters.” These are prepared by scholars, musicians, and others and they go through a blind peer review process. They may be short essays, videos, interactive sites, or they may be in other formats entirely. If you have an idea for a contribution, please reach out or consider submitting. In addition to these chapters, the resources page lists many other useful sites from across the internet.

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James McNally, "Articulating Race and Nation in Brazilian Popular Song," (May 2021)

This article presents a cultural history of Brazilian popular song (canção popular) and the many musical genres that fall under its umbrella. From the early days of samba to contemporary popular styles, popular song in Brazil has long represented a site for negotiating complex questions of race, nation, and politics.

Activism Nationalism Politics Popular Music Race Latin America South America

SONG Seng, Catherine GRANT, "Stories of Cambodian Angkuoch: Documenting a Rare Musical Instrument, its Makers and Players," (Jan 2021)

This piece introduces the endangered Cambodian musical instrument Angkuoch, its makers and players, and a project documenting the making process. It also reflects on ethics of instruments in museum collections.

Heritage Musical Instruments Public Musicology Sustainability Southeast Asia

Christopher Witulski, "Rhythm and expectation," (Jan 2021)

This four-part series explores the relationship between rhythm, expectation, and experience. It describes musical terms and central concepts while using specific examples from Morocco to problematize western-centric binaries.

Musical Terms Sound Africa Global Middle East

Kristina F. Nielsen, "Music and Identity in Danza Azteca," (May 2020)

This piece considers how music contributes to identities within Aztec dance communities. It explores how different identities are created and sustained through music and dance practices.

Dance Identity Indigeneity Tradition Latin America Native America North America