The musical genre of taarab is played for entertainment at weddings and other festive occasions all along the Swahili Coast in East Africa. Taarab contains all the features of a typical 'Indian Ocean' music, combining influences from Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, India and the West with local musical practices. In Taarab, Music in Zanzibar, Janet Topp Fargion traces the development of the genre in Zanzibar, from the late nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. Of special interest is the role of women. Although men play the main role in the composition and performance of the genre, Topp Fargion argues that the modernization of the genre owes a debt to the participation of women - as audiences and primary consumers, but also as poets and innovators of musical concepts. The book weaves together the historical, social, economic, religious and political dynamics involved in the development of the genre, and investigates how these are played out in the performance of taarab music on Zanzibar.
A Romance Novella from USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Queen First comes love, then comes marriage and then comes happily-ever-after. That's the way Julie always thought it would be. She never dreamed she'd feel like Cinderella, never dreamed she wouldn't like it. Julie and Jack are over-the-moon in love, but their soon-to-be mothers-in-law are pulling them apart with their different ideas about the wedding plans. Should it be the small town affair at the Inn Julie and her mother always pictured? Or should it be the elegant and glamorous affair at Jack's mansion the way his mother wants? Once a stunning secret from their mothers' past is revealed, they realize their differences could be deeper than where to hold the wedding. Jack and Julie must re-think their plans after all. Will they or won't they say I do?
First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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