Ethnomusicology, Anthropology of music: Music first, or Human ?

Author : Mohamed Masmoudi. In this article we explore some of the ethnomusicological question by presenting the theoretical and methodological foundations of the two systematic and culturalist approaches that have often marked the discipline. Secondly, we present the perspectives of a multidisciplinary globalizing vision that draws on Arab theoretical writings, and is illuminated by the product of human scientific effort, in order to grasp the musical phenomenon.

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The Guinbri : a twice disappeared instrument in Tunisia

Author : Anis Meddeb. This article seeks to understand the disappearance causes of some musical instruments throughout the History by studying the Guinbri in Tunisia. What seems very questionable and even very problematic in this study, is that the Guinbri has disappeared from the Tunisian music scene since the first quarter of the twentieth century.

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Latin music elements presence in the egyptian songs by Mohamed Abd al-Wahab and Farid el-Atrach through three works analysis

Author : Bacim Mejri. In this article, we tried to highlight three genres of latin genres (tango, rumba and samba) influence on the modern egyptian music in the 20th century. We choose to analyze three works : “Ahwak“ and “Sahirtou minhou al-layali“ by Mohamed Abd al-Wahab and “Wayyak“ by Farid al-Atrach.

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The social dimensions of musical practices in traditional societies : identity, sociability, ritual (Southeast’s tunisian area as example)

Author : Ahlem Hamed. This article studies issues related to socio-anthropological dimensions of musical practices in oral tradition. By asking the question about the nature of the relationship between “social” and “musical”, this study tries to reveal the reaction of traditional society.

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Historical musicology, ethnomusicology, analysis : Is a general musicology possible ?

Author : Jean-Jacques Nattiez. Throughout my career, I have campaigned for scientific knowledge of the musical fact. It was an opportunity to break down barriers between the various academic disciplines. That is why I am particularly grateful to my Tunisian friends to act in favor of musicology by publishing a closing text to my heart, the one where I show the needs for musicology, to grow in the awareness of existence and concerns of each of its individual components…

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