3WFM Session on Tunisian Music


Tunis, October 17-22, 2009

Tunisian music and Musics in Tunisia: converging and distinctive aspects

Convenor and chairperson: Prof. Mohamed Zinelabidine

On musical diversity in Tunisia
The various perspectives offered in the communications to follow will aim at explaining the plural modalities of a prospering music in Tunisia, rich of a history extending over three millennia. Can we thus speak about Tunisian music or rather about music in Tunisia? What exactly can authenticate its languages, verbs, dialects, sounds and timbres that vary from one little geographical place to the other, from a history that this place owns to another, moderating if needed the degree and order of the secular, sacred, classical, traditional, popular, contemporary, modern, inter-musical… So much and so little to define truthfully the diverse music in Tunisia, whose wealth and definition unveil a multiplicity of forms, genres and structures that define this country. A country that is anchored in history, influenced by converging identities of the Western Mediterranean world, the Maghreb, the Arab culture, the Islam; being at the crossroads of exchanging and sharing, giving and taking the sense and the essence of the human existence. It is in this spirit that the speakers will attempt to seize, from their point of view, the immense wealth of the musical tradition in Tunisia, taking into account both its multiple references and its singular mark.
Mohamed Zinelabidine

Anis Meddeb: Tunisia during Antiquity: the findings of musical archaeology
Samir Becha: Musical diversity in Tunisia between interculturalism and cultural integration, the example of lyric art in Tunisia (1856-1998)
Fethi Zghonda: Music and ritual in Tunisia: the example of the Sulamiyya
Lassaad Zouari: Tunisian music between Orient and Maghreb influences
Mohamed Gouja: On musical diversity in Tunisia: historical and geographical perspectives
Fakher Hakima : Tunisian music and interculturalism : the example of jazz
Khaled Slama : Tunisian music at the beginning of the 21st c. : New forms of composition and writing
Lassaâd Kriaâ: Evolution of musical systems in Tunisia - historical and comparative persepctive

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