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Music of the Multiethnic Minority: A Postnational Perspective

Author(s): Jan Sverre Knudsen

Journal: Music and Arts in Action
ISSN 1754-7105

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 77;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: hip-hop | rap | minority music | immigrants | postnational | hybridity | Oslo | Norway

This article examines implications of a postnational perspective on the music of minorities. As an example, the musical practices of a multiethnic hip-hop group in Norway are discussed with reference to musicological, linguistic and social studies. Lyrics and field observations present the complex image of a group of young people positioning themselves through music style, performance practices and language use. The article argues that a postnational perspective can provide a helpful approach to understanding the hybridized practices of minority youths engaged in globalized hip-hop culture, while it is also necessary to pay careful attention to the locally embedded discourses they take part in and contribute to shaping.
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