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Theorizing the LocalMusic, Practice, and Experience in South Asia and Beyond$
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Richard Wolf

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331370.001.0001

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The Musical Base of Baloch Minstrelsy

(p.225) Chapter 12 Zahīrok
Theorizing the Local

Sabir Badalkhan

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the texts, contexts, and performance characteristics associated with zahīrok in Karachi, Pakistan, and the Makran area of Pakistan and Iran. Zahīrok refers to a musical genre as well as a set of melody types and a category of emotion. Baloch understand the zahīrok to be at the very foundation of their music; it is an important basis for local Baluch musical theorizing.

Keywords:   zahīrok, Pakistan, Makran, Baloch, local theorizing, emotion, melody type, Iran

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