Department of Anthropology

Cultural Studies Colloquium Presents Dan Gilman, Folklore PhD Candidate from the University of Texas at Austin

"Egyptian voices and Lebanese looks: talking about beauty and pop music in Cairo."

Mon, October 12, 2009 | EPS 1.128

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Arabic-language popular music has changed considerably in recent decades, with a new genre called shababiyya (“youth music”) largely displacing older genres in the affections of Cairene youth. This new genre differs not only in musical form from what has come before, but in how it is presented and marketed: in particular, the physical eroticism of its stars. Young Cairene pop music fans have come to admire the physical charms of the Lebanese pop singers above all others, but they insist that Egyptian pop singers remain the most vocally talented. This talk explores the attitudes and perceptions that underlie such assertions.

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