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

Sponsored by Department of Languages and Cultures, Center for Equality and Justice

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Lundring Events Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

Professor Dennis will explore the impact that globalization and the transnational spread of U.S. popular culture-specifically hip-hop and rap-are having on the social identities of younger generations of black Colombians. Along with addressing why and how hip-hop has migrated so effectively to Colombia's black communities, he will introduce the audience to some of the country's most renowned Afro-Colombian hip-hop artists, their musical innovations, and production and distribution practices. Professor Dennis demonstrates how, through a mode of transculturation, today's young artists 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 contributing to the reimagining of the Colombian nation. The presentation demonstrates ways in which young Afro-Colombian performers are attempting to use hip-hop and digital media to bring the perspectives, histories, and expressive forms of their marginalized communities into national and international public consciousness. Reception at 4:30 p.m. Talk begins at 5p.m.

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