Made in Nusantara serves as a comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, ethnography, and musicology of historical and contemporary popular music in maritime Southeast Asia.

Each essay covers major figures, styles, and social contexts of genres of a popular nature in the Nusantara region including Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, and the Philippines. Through a critical investigation of specific genres and their spaces of performance, production, and consumption, the volume is organised into four thematic areas: 1) issues in Nusantara popular music; 2) history; 3) artists and genres; and 4) national vs. local industries.

Written by scholars working in the region, Made in Nusantara brings local perspectives to the history and analysis of popular music and critically considers conceptualisations developed in the West, rendering it an intriguing read for students and scholars of popular and global music.

chapter |22 pages


Popular Music as a Means of Conceptualising the Nusantara

part I|40 pages

Issues in Nusantara Popular Music

chapter 2|10 pages

Colonialism and Identity

A Short History of Popular Music in the Philippines

chapter 3|10 pages

The (De-) and (Re-) Mythification of OPM

Decentring a Popular Music Sign

part II|38 pages


chapter 5|10 pages

Revisiting Post-Cultural Imperialism

Singing Vernacular Modernity and Hybridity through the Lagu Melayu in British Malaya

chapter 6|8 pages

Acoustic Epistemologies and Early Sound Recordings in the Nusantara Region

Phonography, Archive, and the Birth of Ethnomusicology

chapter 8|9 pages

Songs for and of the Youth

Mapping Trends in Philippine Popular Music, 1900–2000

part III|50 pages

Artists and Genres

chapter 9|11 pages

Singapore Arts Icon or Malay Nationalist?

Mobilising Zubir Said Across the Causeway 1

chapter 11|14 pages

KL Sing Song

Alternative Voices in the Kuala Lumpur Singer-Songwriter Circuit (2000–2009)

part IV|73 pages

National vs. Local Industries

chapter 14|8 pages

The Indonesian Popular Music Industry

Navigating Shadows of Politics and Cultural Uncertainty

chapter 15|12 pages

More than Mimicry

Alternative Modernities in the Birth and Development of Iban Popular Music

chapter 16|11 pages

Transcultural Commodities

A Comparative Analysis of Sama-Bajau Popular Musics in Maritime Southeast Asia

chapter |15 pages


Global Movements, Local Sounds: Nusantara Music and Artists Overseas

chapter |14 pages


Bercerita (Sharing Stories) with M. Nasir, Joey Ayala, Dwiki Dharmawan, and Pra Budi Dharma on Nusantara Popular Music