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Greeted With SmilesBukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York$
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Evan Rapport

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199379033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199379033.001.0001

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Party Music

Party Music

Expressing Cosmopolitanism

(p.133) 5 Party Music
Greeted With Smiles

Evan Rapport

Oxford University Press

At weddings, parties, and other internal community events, Bukharian Jews' music of choice is a cosmopolitan mix of popular music styles and languages. This repertoire is confined to internal performances in accordance with a perceived pressure from multiculturalism to define one's “ethnic group” in terms of a unique, clearly defined, and exotic set of practices. Although associated with the new and modern Bukharian Jewish identity, party music is rooted in traditional roles and repertoire (such as the female wedding entertainer called sozanda) and retains distinctive Bukharian Jewish elements such as new poetry in Persian.

Keywords:   cosmopolitanism, popular music, multilingualism, multiculturalism, ethnicity, dance music

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