Ethiopian Musical Invention in Diaspora: A Tale of Three Musicians

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Title: Ethiopian Musical Invention in Diaspora: A Tale of Three Musicians
Author: Shelemay, Kay Kaufman
Citation: Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. 2006. Ethiopian musical invention in diaspora: A tale of three musicians. Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 15(2/3): 303-320.
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Abstract: This essay, based on ethnographic interviews and observation, discusses the lives and careers of three prominent Ethiopian musicians from sacred, folkloric, and popular musical domains (Moges Seyoum, Tesfaye Lemma, and Mulatu Astatke, respectively) whose individual initiatives have shaped the musical life of the Ethiopian diaspora during its formative years in the United States. These three careers provide an overview of musical activity within the Ethiopian American diaspora community since its inception and shed light on concepts of creativity as conceived both in the Ethiopian homeland and among the immigrant musicians profiled. The conclusion suggests that the ability of each man to negotiate the transition to diaspora life varied according to the musical domain in which he was engaged, his personal background, and the moment and circumstances of his arrival in the United States.
Published Version: doi:10.1353/dsp.2011.0067
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:10914286
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