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The Transmission and Effectivity of the Ma’luf Tradition, an Andalusian Music within Tunisia and Libya

May 9, 2020

Episode 93: The Transmission and Effectivity of the Ma’luf Tradition, an Andalusian Music within Tunisia and Libya

In this podcast, Jared Holton discusses the transmission and effectivity of ma'luf, an Andalusian musical tradition of North Africa. Holton’s research project explores the historical and ethnographic circulations of Tunisian and Libyan ma'luf primarily through the tubu', which are recognized as stabilized structures of sound and identity. Jared has completed extensive fieldwork in Tripoli, Libya and Sfax, Tunisia. Other research interests include the connections between music, religion, and soundscapes; globalization and musical practices; and music pedagogy.

Jared Holton is a doctoral candidate and Chancellor's Fellow in Ethnomusicology with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Global Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance, intercultural studies, and music education, with over seven years experience teaching private and classroom-based music curricula. On the stage, his performances range from solo piano concerts, collaborative work in the Western Classical repertoire, and most recently as oud and vocal performer with the Middle East Ensemble at UCSB. 

This interview was led by CEMAT Associate Director, Dr. Meriem Guetat, and was recorded on July 26, 2019, at the Centre d'Études Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT).

We thank Jared Holton for his ma'luf oud performance for the introduction and conclusion of this podcast.

Posted by Hayet Lansari, Librarian, Outreach Coordinator, Content Curator (CEMA).

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