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MECAMF (Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum)

  • SOAS, Department of Music Thornhaugh Street London, England, WC1H United Kingdom (map)

Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum
Current research in the Music of the Middle East and Central Asia

The next Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum will take place on:

Monday, 7 November 2016, 9.30am-6.30pm
Venue: Department of Music, SOAS, University of London, Room G52, College Buildings, Thornhaugh St. WC1H 0XG

In conjunction with the Institute of Musical Research

All welcome and admission is free but advance registration is requested for planning purposes:

For more information on this event, please contact Rachel Harris:


9.40am - 11.00am
Session 1

Cristina Moreno Almeida (LSE)
'“Sell everything except yourself”: Understanding the Backlash against Moroccan Rappers’ Involvement in Organised Political Campaigns'
Ilana Webster-Kogen (SOAS, University of London)
'The Horn on the Move: Music among Ethiopian and Eritrean Migrants in the Middle East'
11.00 - 11.30               

11.30 – 12.50
Session 2

Laudan Nooshin (City, University of London)
'Whose Liberation? Iranian Popular Music and the Fetishisation of Resistance'
Roundtable with Oxford Maqam (Tarik Bashir, Yara Abou-El-Fadl, Martin Stokes and Ahmad al-Salhi)
'New questions for Old recording Technologies: Oxford Maqam's Wax Cylinder Project'
Lunch (not provided)     
2.00pm - 3.20pm
Session 3

Julian Harris (King’s College London)
'Ta'abiriya / “expressionism" in Arab Music: Composition in the Iraqi School of Oud'
Baha Yetkin (Independent)
'Ottoman-Turkish Makam-based Improvisation on the Turkish-Style Oud'

Session 4

John O’Connell (Cardiff University)
'Turan: Turkic Myth as Turkish Music'
Erum Naqvi (Pratt Institute)
'Gigging Classical in Iran'

The SOAS Middle East Ensemble
The SOAS Middle Eastern Ensemble is a group of SOAS students and alumni specialising in classical and folk Arabic music performance. The group has performed in several SOAS festivals and events as well as a recent performance at the British Museum. The ensemble is directed by Syrian Kanun player Maya Youssef.

Further details can be found on the MECAMF webpage:, and on the IMR website:


Earlier Event: November 6
Edmund Rubbra Study Day