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Singing the VillageMusic, Memory and Ritual among the Sibe of Xinjiang$
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Rachel Harris

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262979

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262979.001.0001

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Folk Music and the Modern State

Folk Music and the Modern State

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Singing the Village

Rachel Harris

British Academy

This chapter examines the changes in Sibe folk music during modern times in China. It traces the brief history of musical reforms and the use of music in social reforms in Çabçal in the twentieth century from the restrictions of the Cultural Revolution to the contemporary soundscape. The chapter considers Sibe shamanic ritual music on the national stage and the state of contemporary shamanic ritual in Çabçal. It argues that although a great deal of energy has been devoted to the reform and control of Sibe folk music in the twentieth century, wider issues of social change brought about by the Chinese Community Party (CCP) have played the decisive role in the changing patterns of musical behaviour and the impoverishment of Sibe folk music over the past few decades.

Keywords:   folk music, Sibe, China, music reforms, Çabçal, Cultural Revolution, shamanic ritual music, CCP, social change

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