Popular music has regularly been a part of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and the 2018 SEM meeting had a lot to offer scholars of popular music. There were panels on topics such as “Engendering Popular Music Soundscapes,” “Popular Musics and Indigenous Ontologies,” and “Global Pop in the U.S.” From the latter, Althea SullyCole’s paper on West African musicians’ encounters with kora music and notions of blackness in the U.S. was a conference highlight. In addition to region-specific work on popular music from East, Southeast, and South Asia to Brazil and Chile, multi-sited studies of how popular musics circulate and travel featured prominently on the program....

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