10 May, 2009

Masala Welt-Beat-Festival Hannover 6.-17. May 2009

Posted by: Christina Fellenberg In: // Festivals

Von Renato Borghetti

Since 1995 the festival brings together artists from all over the world. This year the festival focuses on recent movements in the World Music scene, mostly from urban contexts. Masala means mixture and the mixture is revealed in the appropriation of different musical styles to create something new. Not only musical structures or instruments are adopted accordingly but also the symbolic dimensions. Thus, the initially feared homogenization of music by globalisation processes turns out to be a diversification due to the particular individual and local appropriations.

Moreover, the Masala festival is of interest with regard to the festivalisation of music, an actual topic in ethnomusicology. Festivals can be understood as a place of negotiation of culture.

The regional accent of this year lies upon Europe with Jazz from Sweden, Folk from Ireland as well as Afropop from Portugal. There will also be music from South America, Africa and Asia.

Look here for the entire program of the festival:


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