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Local FusionsFolk Music Experiments in Central Europe at the Millennium$
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Barbara Rose Lange

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190245368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190245368.001.0001

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Slovak Folk Song, Romani Pop, and Outer Space in the Music of Hudba z Marsu

Slovak Folk Song, Romani Pop, and Outer Space in the Music of Hudba z Marsu

(p.117) 6 Slovak Folk Song, Romani Pop, and Outer Space in the Music of Hudba z Marsu
Local Fusions

Barbara Rose Lange

Oxford University Press

With a case study of the Slovak punk band Hudba z Marsu, Chapter 6 illustrates discrepancies that became sources of creative energy in the 1990s and 2000s. It details how Hudba z Marsu incorporated popular motifs from the mid-twentieth-century space race, old Slovak folk recordings, and live folkloric singing. The chapter describes how Hudba z Marsu established connections with local Romani (Gypsy) musicians; the West European world-music industry highlights such collaborations, but this chapter argues that Hudba z Marsu and Romani performers treated their interactions as an everyday matter. The chapter explains how live audiences physically enjoyed Hudba z Marsu’s juxtaposition of eras, identities, and genres. A discussion of musical criticism details how some listeners rejected Hudba z Marsu’s music as a rough effort, while others heard a sophisticated reflection on Slovak identity.

Keywords:   space-age music, punk, Slovakia, folk music, everyday ethnicity, Romani pop, Gypsy, musicking

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