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Our congratulations to Sue Miller who has recently been appointed as Senior Lecturer in Music at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. We wish her the best of luck for her start this September, as the head of the BA in Popular Music with a remit to cover the Popular Music of the World. Ideal for her as her research interest is popular Cuban dance music and improvisation.

Staff and students in the Centre for Music Studies at City University London have been involved in a 6-month project with the Education and Community Department at the London Philharmonic Orchestra, aimed at introducing Iranian music, poetry and culture to primary school children. The project, which was led by BFE-er, Senior Lecturer Dr Laudan Nooshin, began in Autumn 2011 with performances and workshops at two south London schools involving City music students, composer David Bruce and key stage 1 violinists working with the community music outreach programme The Bridge Project. The project concluded with two Bright Sparks LPO schools concerts on Wednesday 23 May 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall. As part of the project, Laudan Nooshin has written a teacher’s guide introducing Iranian music and culture and including ideas for creative classroom activities. See information.

Christine Dettmann, Senior Research Officer at the University of Essex, has recently published her book “Another face: Local Brazilian musicians in Lisbon” (title translated from German). Prof. Philip V. Bohlman, University of Chicago, says: “Christine Dettmann’s research presents an important contribution to the new focus of ethnomusicological inquiry to the local and its meaning for theorizing music research in the New Europe. It should be part of a compulsory reading of ethnomusicology, whether in German, English or Portuguese.“

Ananay Aguilar has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to carry out an interdisciplinary project at the Faculty of Music of the University of Cambridge with the support of the Faculty of Law. The project will build on Ananay's previous ethnographic work on the recording practices of classical musicians by examining the effects of copyright law on performers’ everyday lives. Congratulations, Ananay! 

Dr Alexander Knapp, Research Associate (formerly Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music) in the SOAS Music Department, has recently published an article on early intercultural Judeo-Christian syncretism in music. The article entitled "Ashkenazi Pentateuchal Chant: a sixteenth-century German-Christian interpretation" can be found in European Journal of Jewish Studies (Editor: Dr Diana Matut, Halle University), vol. 6 no.1, pp.23-69.

We are pleased to announce that Nomi Dave has received a one-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University, starting August 2012, and will then move on to the University of Virginia in August 2013, where she will take up her new role as Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology. Congratulations Nomi! 

Tom Wagner, a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, has recently co-authored an article with Tanya Riches of Fuller Seminary on the co-evolution of music and branding. The article is entitled "The Evolution of Hillsong Music: From Australian Pentecostal Congregation into Global Brand" and appears in the Australian Journal of Communication 39 (1), a special issue on media and religion.

The first Kuduro International Conference was held in Luanda (Angola) at the Nacional Cine-Teatro from 23 - 25 May 2012. Kuduro, the popular electronic music and dance from Angola, was the subject of three days of paper presentations, followed by a lively exchange between kuduro singers, dancers, industry figures and researchers from Angola, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Portugal and the US. The supporting programme included kuduro performances and networking events within the kuduro industry as well as excursions to studios and shows. The conference was organized by Angela Barros (Luanda), Jó Kindanje (Luanda) and Stefanie Alisch (Berlin / BIGSAS Bayreuth).

We are pleased to announce that Hettie Malcomson who completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge has been appointed Lecturer in Music at the University of Southampton. Earlier this year she was temporary Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Manchester. She will start her new position at Southampton in September 2012. Congratulations Hettie! 

Danzas de la provincia Huelva

In the areas of Andévalo and the Sierra de Huelva, in south-western Andalusia, sword dances and similar types of dances (with lances, sticks, castanets, arches and decorative sticks) are until today integrated in the celebration of religious ceremonies and festivities. The authors Juan Agudo Torrico,Celeste Jiménez de Madariaga, Francisco J. García Gallardo and Herminia Arredondo Pérez have published a comprehensive survey on these traditions in the Huelva Province.