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Shima-uta : of windows, mirrors, and the adventures of a traveling song


Focusing on issues of music and place, this thesis describes the international distribution of the song "Shima-Uta" by the Tokyo-based band The Boom. Specifically, it explores the processes of globalization and localization developed around the song in Japan and Argentina. Taking the band's websites, newspaper articles, and interviews as primary sources, this study offers insights into the use of local resources and the response to global forces by contemporary pop musicians. Drawing on the specific case study of "Shima-Uta," its Japanese creator, and its Argentinean re-creator, this thesis contributes to scholarly discussions regarding the re- signification, localization, and refolklorization of global pop.

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