Popular Music in Southeast Asia

Banal Beats, Muted Histories

Author: Bart Barendregt,Peter Keppy,Henk Schulte Nordholt

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9048534550

Category: Music

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Popular Music in Southeast Asia offers a cultural history of modern Southeast Asia from the original vantage point of popular music. It features singers and musicians - many of whom are no longer remembered today - as well as their fans as a social force of importance. By creatively connecting indigenous musical styles with alien musical genres, Southeast Asians created hybrid musical genres that drew a mass public from the 1920s onward. The vibrant music was intrinsically wound up with modern life and the societal changes that came with it. It yielded new audiences across national borders and at times served as a medium to voice social or political discontent. Popular Music in Southeast Asia familiarizes the public with several of these popular musical genres and artists from countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
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Tales of the Southeast Asian Jazz Age

Filipinos, Indonesians and Popular Culture, 1920-1936

Author: Peter Keppy

Publisher: National University of Singapore Press

ISBN: 9789813250512

Category: Music

Page: 336

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Luis Borromeo was the Philippines's "King of Jazz," who at the height of his popularity created a Filipino answer to the Ziegfeld Follies. Miss Riboet was a world-famous Javanese opera singer who ruled the theater world. While each represented a unique corner of the entertainment world, the rise and fall of these two superstar figures tell an important story of Southeast Asia's 1920s Jazz Age. This artistic era was marked by experimentation and adaption, and this was reflected in both Borromeo's and Riboet's styles. They were pioneering cultural brokers who dealt in hybrids. They were adept at combining high art and banal entertainment, tradition and modernity, and the foreign and the local. Leaning on cultural studies and the work on cosmopolitanism and modernity by Henry Jenkins and Joel Kahn, Peter Keppy examines pop culture at this time as a contradictory social phenomenon. He challenges notions of Southeast Asia's popular culture as lowbrow entertainment created by elites and commerce to manipulate the masses, arguing instead that audiences seized on this popular culture to channel emancipatory activities, to articulate social critique, and to propagate an inclusive nationalism without being radically anticolonial.
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