Michael Frishkopf

in Music and Media in the Arab World

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9789774162930
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970139 | DOI:

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Writers like Elmessiri, Abdel Fattah, Al-Barghouti, and Abdel-Latif have been disseminated through more popular Arab media. Their critical opinion pieces which are diffused within the contemporary Arab discourse have already affected the perceptions and attitudes of the Arab public including Arab musicians, and this may even have an impact on the industry of Arab music. Music itself is rapidly changing as a result of mass disseminations. Since the twentieth century, the change has been tightly connected to developments in the nature and extent of media in the Arab world. Even the centrality of music within audiovisual media has shaped the production formats and pushed technological adoption, and radio broadcasts of Arab popular music also began to colonize the unmediated traditions of folk music production. Since the onset of media technologies, Arab scholars, music connoisseurs, and trained musicians have frequently criticized the emerging mediated music as aesthetically inferior and dissolute.

Keywords: media; Arab music; mediated music; musicians; music; music production; radio; popular music

Chapter.  23030 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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