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p. 885. Music of the nationslocked

  • Philip V. Bohlman


Through an evaluation of the Eurovision Song Contest that, since its inception in 1956, has had the aim to foster European unity, ‘Music of the nations’ considers the complex relationship between world music, the modern nation-state, and nationalism. In her music, the Israeli winner in 1998, Dana International, represented a mix and remix of the nation, sampling the elements that have always constituted the multiple histories of Israel's past and the multiple identities of its present. The concepts of unisonance and cultural intimacy are explained along with the importance and significance of national anthems. Finally, the International Council for Traditional Music and international anthems are discussed.

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