Popular Music History, Vol 3, No 3 (2008)

Traditional music and the World Music marketplace: A producer’s experience

Joe Boyd,
Issued Date: 6 Sep 2009


The piece uses the career of Youssou N’Dour as a template for studying the conflicts between tradition and modernity in the World Music marketplace. Contrary to expectation, preservation of tradition is usually proposed by ‘First World’ producers while the artists mistakenly support technological distortions of traditional rhythms in the hope of reaching a modern international market.

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DOI: 10.1558/pomh.v3i3.295


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