Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop

Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop : Globalization, Transcultural Music, and Ethnic Identities

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Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop: Globalization, Transnational Music, and Ethnic Identities, by Christopher Dennis, reveals how, through a mode of transculturation, Afro-Colombian youth are transforming U.S. hip-hop into a more autonomous art form used for articulating oppositional social and political critiques, reworking ethnic identities, and actively taking part in the reimagining of the nation. This book represents a valuable addition to the body of academic work emerging from scholars bringing Afro-Colombian issues to the forefront of Colombian and Latin American studies, specifically by documenting the contributions that today's young black artists are making to both national culture and local music practices.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739150561
  • 9780739150566

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Drawing on extensive interviews, song lyrics, and a detailed history of black Colombians' embrace of hip hop, this important book takes contemporary black musical expression in Colombia as its guiding thread, along which the author traces the mixed loyalties and competing authenticities through which young Afro-Colombians articulate themselves as black, as Colombian, as local, as global, as hip-hop "real." Not only does the book provide insight into the Spanish-speaking world's largest Afro-descendent population, the words of its Afro-Colombian protagonists and the author's analytic insights shed light on issues of cultural authenticity and the political mobilization of expressive culture that are of central concern to black popular musicians the world over. -- Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Bowdoin College In this wonderful and insightful book, Christopher Dennis describes the complex ways in which young Afro-Colombians have taken hip-hop musical culture to negotiate a transnational sense of belonging that rises above the marginalization they have traditionally experienced in their country. Afro-Colombian hip-hop shows how, within the contradictions of globalization, music allows neglected communities to actively participate in the re-imagination of the nation state. -- Alejandro L. Madrid, Author of Nor-Tec Rifa! Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop: Globalization, Transcultural Music, and Ethnic Identities offers a fresh and innovative approach to discourses on national, cultural and ethnic identity within a Colombian, yet globalized, context. Through an analytical study of contemporary cultural materiality and the producers of such, this critical examination renders relevant, present-day articulations that add to the historiography on revolutionary, social justice efforts on the part of Colombia's marginalized brought forth by a new generation of social activists utilizing the artillery of the spoken-word through rap and Hip-Hop music. A truly provocative read. -- Antonio D. Tillis, Dartmouth College
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About Christopher Dennis

Christopher Dennis is a professor of Spanish language and Latin American literature and cultures at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. In addition to his research on hip-hop, he has also published articles on Afro-Colombian literature, racial iconography relevant to Cartagena's tourist industry, and the discursive representation of black subjects in Colombian colonial literature.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Hip-Hop Afrocolombiano: Origins, Production, and Distribution Practices Chapter 3: Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop: Resistance and Political Protest Chapter 4: The Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop Narrative and Emerging Identity Constructs Chapter 5: The "Afro-Colombianization" of Hip-Hop Chapter 6: A(n) (Afro)Colombian Hip-Hop Nation Chapter 7: Conclusions: The Two Sides of Globalization Notes Selected Discography Bibliography
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