Arab Music and Changes in the Arab Media

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:
Arab Music and Changes in the Arab Media

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Enormous changes have taken place in the field of Arab music due to the phenomenal developments brought about by satellite channels and new modes of recording and telecommunications media. In the past, state radio and television were responsible for most musical production in Egypt, and remained so until the end of the 1970s. Transformations to song production resulted from changes in studio technology. With such technology, the relation between the singer and the band started to be severed, because each performer recorded his or her part separately, synchronized by a “click track.” Furthermore, the new visual interpretation of Arab songs contains many undesirable and dubious elements and there is an ongoing struggle regarding nudity and lewd dancing in most Arab video clips.

Keywords: nudity; media; video clips; Arab music; musical production; technology

Chapter.  2407 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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