(Re)defining tradition: the example of the world music phenomenon

  • Marija Ristivojević Department of Ethnology and Anthropology Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade
tradition, globalization, redefining, world music, World Music Association of Serbia, Serbia World Music Festival in Takovo


The paper problematizes the understanding of the concept of tradition in the context of the world music phenomenon. Marketed as a hybrid music genre, from the perspective of anthropological theory, the world music genre is a complex cultural phenomenon, the result of mixing global and local influences which are reflected not only in the creation of a specific sound, but through different perceptions of music itself (the audience, musicians, producers, creators of cultural policies etc.) By analyzing the Serbian world music scene as exemplified by the work of the World Music association of Serbia, as well as the Serbia World Music Festival in Takovo, I will attempt to determine the way in which the concept of world music is perceived in local narratives, whether it is experienced as a form of musical tradition and if so, what is signified and represented as tradition in this context.


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How to Cite
Ristivojević, Marija. 2014. “(Re)defining Tradition: The Example of the World Music Phenomenon”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 9 (1), 69-82. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.21301/eap.v9i1.4.