The book concerns scholars and musicians interested in the current state of Turkish folk repertoires. Indeed, Sels brilliantly summarises the debates which address some of the issues raised in previous research, including the influence that Kemalist Reforms had on musical language (Stokes 1992) and the lack of studies of the ‘aesthetic crisis of Turkish music’ (Greve 2017). Moreover, Sels’s book fits into the line of case studies of musical practices in diaspora, which abound in the ethnomusicological world, and she is the first researcher to explore the topic in the Belgian context. Her research attests to the status of a traditional music repertoire other than Flemish or Walloon and opens the door to other studies of the musical practices of migrant communities in the country.
Ethnomusicology Forum