Man Yar Pyae U Tin and the Burmese Slide Guitar: Constructing and Deconstructing Narratives of Cultural Exchange

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Abstract

The slide-guitar’s history in Burmese culture is interlaced with narratives that bind together themes of romance, modernization, royal patronage, and colonial maritime economies. Drawing from fieldwork with the last Burmese slide-guitar master, Man Yar Pyae U Tin, this paper details the instrument’s adaptation to Burmese musical tonalities and aesthetics and its role in the performing arts renaissance of the early twentieth century. This ethnographic project connects to a discussion on the framing of cultural exchange and the rhetoric of terminological choice, promoting a symbolic, functional, and material approach to understanding the slide-guitar’s navigation through Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-58
Number of pages32
JournalAsian Music
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

User-Defined Keywords

  • Guitar
  • Myanmar
  • Indigenization
  • Burmese

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