Local music, Not From Here

The Discourse of World Music Examined Through Three Zimbabwean Case Studies

Johannes Brusila


  • Unknown publisher
  • Helsinki
  • 2003
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 254 pages


Ever since the launch of the marketing category world music in 1987, the term and the whole cultural and industrial phenomenon have been much debated. 'Local music, not from here (wherever here is)' is a definition of world music which is often referred to, despite, or probably precisely because of its vague all-encompassing character. This definition, however, raises several complex questions. Not all music of the world is actually called world music, so how and by whom are the distinctions made between what is and what is not appreciated as world music?


This book is an analysis of the discursive formation and practice of world music examined through three Zimbabwean case studies: The Bhundu Boys, Virginia Mukwesha and Sunduza. The general focus of the study positions it in the framework of ethnomusicology and popular music studies, with contributions from cultural, media and post-colonial studies.


Johannes Brusila is a professor of musicology at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. He has also worked as researcher at the Finnish Broadcasting Company and at The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland.