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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.

We are pleased to announce the publication of the new book Contemporary Carioca: Technologies of Mixing in a Brazilian Music Scene (Duke University Press) by Frederick Moehn. The book introduces a generation of Rio-based musicians who collaboratively have reinvigorated Brazilian genres, such as samba and maracatu, through juxtaposition with international influences, including rock, techno, and funk. Christopher Dunn, the coeditor of Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship says: "Contemporary Carioca is an engaging study of musical production in Brazil that focuses on a group of Rio-based, middle-class musicians who emerged in the 1980s and 1990s and continue to produce innovative work. Among the book's many strengths is its organization around individual artists and the ways that they have approached questions of globalization, national identity, social class, race, and gender. Frederick Moehn succeeds admirably in describing and analyzing the specificity of Brazilian strategies for negotiating global and local musical practices." For more information, and to order the book directly from Duke University Press, please visit this website

Book: Music, Emotion and Identity in Ulster Marching BandsGordon Ramsey of Queen's University, Belfast has recently published his book Music, Emotion and Identity in Ulster Marching Bands: Flutes, Drums and Loyal Sons with Peter Lang Publishers. The author explores the emotional rewards of communal music-making within this vibrant but controversial working-class tradition, and examines the way that identities are formed through the acquisition of tastes, competences and skills within the contexts of practices, parades and 'battle of the band' contests. Gordon is currently seeking to develop a new project on the embodied politics of Ulster loyalism, and the central role played by musicking in its reproduction and transformation. Read more here