Sarawak: Modern and Contemporary Performance Practice

Ng, Sie Ai (2019) Sarawak: Modern and Contemporary Performance Practice. In: The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. SAGE Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, pp. 1895-1897. ISBN 9781483317755

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The state of Sarawak, located in the north of the island of Borneo, was part of the Sultanate of Brunei until it was gradually ceded to Rajah James Brooke, a British Sea Captain in 1841, when he successfully defeated the pirates who were devastating the region. The Brooke family governed the state until the Japanese Occu-pation in 1945 (World War II) when it became a British colony. In 1963, it joined Singapore, North Borneo, and Malaya to form the Federation of Malaysia. This entry focuses on music of the native Sarawak population. It does not discuss music development among the Malays and Chinese groups, which make up 45% of the 3.9 million people, including 29 diverse ethnic groups, in Sarawak. Modern and contemporary performance practice in Sarawak is defined by music bearing elements of fusion, experimental, contemporary, ethnic fu-sion, popular, and avant-garde. This musical style is presented by bands whose signature music combines traditional acoustic and Western electric instruments

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociology of Culture, Social & Cultural Anthropology, Popular Music, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts
Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 08:10
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2020 08:10

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