anti-babel – sanjay sharma

Dis-Orienting Rhythms: the politics of the new Asian dance music

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dis-orienting rhythmsDis-Orienting Rhythms: the politics of the new Asian dance music (1996, Zed books), edited by Sanjay Sharma, John Hutnyk and Ash Sharma.

This book writes back the presence of South Asian youth into a rapidly expanding and exuberant music scene; and celebrates this as a dynamic expression of the experience of diaspora with an urgent political consciousness. One of the first attempts to situate such production within the study of race and identity, it uncovers the crucial role that South Asian dance musics – from Hip-hop, Qawwali and Bhangra through Soul, Indie and Jungle – have played in a new urban cultural politics …” (Back cover)

To celebrate the landmark edited collection being published over a decade ago, the whole text and individual chapters are available to download as searchable pdf files: darkmatter journal

Written by sanjay sharma

11 Mar 09 at 8:52pm

Posted in culture, politics

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  1. Thanks Sanjay for making this available. I’ve enjoyed dipping into it again, many years later. It was a seminal work by all of you. I’ve posted about this on my blog and, as I said on John H’s blog, let me know if anything is amiss.


    24 Mar 09 at 11:30pm

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