Journal article

Singing "with culture': popular musicians and affective labour in state-socialist Albania

Nicholas Tochka

ETHNOMUSICOLOGY FORUM | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

This article examines how composers, bureaucrats and musicians themselves disciplined the singer’s body in state-socialist Albania. Drawing together film analysis and interviews with socialist-era musicians, I analyse the constraints imposed on performing bodies in order to explore the political consequences of singers’ affective labour during the 1970s and 1980s. My analysis reveals how the most popular stars crafted performing personae, as ‘cultured’ citizens, and conceptualised the social significance of their affective labour, as part of a broader political project aiming to uplift listeners. In negotiating these dual aims, singers simultaneously created musically and personally meaningf..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Research reported in this article was conducted with financial support from the American Council of Learned Societies Eastern European Studies Dissertation Fellowship in 2009 and 2010.