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Brown and Not so Brown: Racializing Hip-Hop and Singer-Songwriter Rock-Pop in the South Asian Atlantic

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This paper argues for a comparative and transnational approach to the racialization of American and British musicians of South Asian descent that takes account of distinctive genre formations. It analyses music media discourse and the ways in which musicians themselves draw attention to or away from their ethnic difference, which may be sharply visible and audible, invisible or silenced, depending on the racialized expectations of music styles and genre cultures. The paper compares two examples – the American hip-hop trio Das Racist and the British singer-songwriter Bat for Lashes. Das Racist plays with ideas of racial and ethnic authenticity in the dominant black-and-white discourse of US hip-hop and nationalism. Bat for Lashes’ Pakistani-British background is muted in the whitened world of singer-songwriter pop and UK indie. The paper outlines the possibilities and limits for musicians freed from and tied to cultural difference in a time of ‘post-racial’ racisms and (multi)culture wars.
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Zuberi, Nabeel. "Brown and Not so Brown: Racializing Hip-Hop and Singer-Songwriter Rock-Pop in the South Asian Atlantic" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 64th Annual Conference, Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, Washington, <Not Available>. 2018-09-05 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p713942_index.html>

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Zuberi, N. "Brown and Not so Brown: Racializing Hip-Hop and Singer-Songwriter Rock-Pop in the South Asian Atlantic" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 64th Annual Conference, Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, Washington <Not Available>. 2018-09-05 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p713942_index.html

Publication Type: Session Paper
Abstract: This paper argues for a comparative and transnational approach to the racialization of American and British musicians of South Asian descent that takes account of distinctive genre formations. It analyses music media discourse and the ways in which musicians themselves draw attention to or away from their ethnic difference, which may be sharply visible and audible, invisible or silenced, depending on the racialized expectations of music styles and genre cultures. The paper compares two examples – the American hip-hop trio Das Racist and the British singer-songwriter Bat for Lashes. Das Racist plays with ideas of racial and ethnic authenticity in the dominant black-and-white discourse of US hip-hop and nationalism. Bat for Lashes’ Pakistani-British background is muted in the whitened world of singer-songwriter pop and UK indie. The paper outlines the possibilities and limits for musicians freed from and tied to cultural difference in a time of ‘post-racial’ racisms and (multi)culture wars.


 
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