By Roald Maliangkay
Broken Voices is the 1st English-language e-book on Korea’s wealthy folksong history, and the 1st significant research of the results of jap colonialism at the intangible historical past of its former colony. Folksongs and different song traditions stay well-known in South Korea, which at the present time is best identified for its technological prowess and the Korean Wave of renowned leisure. In 2009, many Koreans reacted with dismay whilst China formally well-known the folksong Arirang, as a rule considered as the nationwide folksong in North and South Korea, as a part of its nationwide intangible cultural historical past. They have been vindicated whilst models from either side of the DMZ have been integrated in UNESCO’s consultant checklist of the Intangible Cultural history of Humanity many years later. at the least on a countrywide point, folksongs hence hold major political value. yet what are those Korean folksongs approximately, and who has handed them on through the years, and the way? Broken Voices describes how the foremost repertoires have been transmitted and played in and round Seoul. It sheds mild at the education and function leisure teams and singers, together with kisaeng, the leisure ladies frequently defined as Korean geisha. own tales of famous singers describe how the colonial interval, the media, the Korean struggle, and private networks have affected paintings possibilities and the standardization of genres.
As the article of resentment (and pageant) and a resource of artistic notion, just like Japan has lengthy affected the way Koreans interpret their very own tradition. Roald Maliangkay describes how an complex method of historical past administration used to be first confirmed in smooth Korea and for what reasons. His research uncovers that folksong traditions have replaced considerably in view that their professional designation; one significant switch being gender illustration and its impact on sound and function. eventually, Broken Voices increases a huge factor of cultural preservation—traditions that fail to draw practitioners and audiences are unsustainable, compromises will be unwelcome, yet imperative.
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Broken Voices: Postcolonial Entanglements and the Preservation of Korea’s Central Folksong Traditions (Music and Performing Arts of Asia and the Pacific) by Roald Maliangkay