Organized Panel Session
This panel will explore the as-yet understudied field of hip hop and rap by South Asian artists. Building on the pioneering work of Nitasha Sharma’s Hip Hop Desis, Falu Bakrania’s Bhangra and Asian Underground, and Anjali Gera Roy’s Bhangra Moves, this panel seeks to understand the transnational flows in the cultural nexus of race, ethnicity, and diasporicity in the racialized and ethnicized hip hop of South Asian artists. How does the almost instantaneous global circulation of music, as well as the widespread transnational collaboration between artists, complicate the binary of diaspora versus homeland? How do these rap artists negotiate their racialization vis-a-vis Blackamericans, and to what extent do they acknowledge or ignore the problem of cultural appropriation in their engagement with this genre? What aspects of the underlying impetus behind hip hop lends themselves to the frequent remixes that we see between rap and indigenous South Asian musical forms, like bhangra? What role does dance play in the expressions of (diasporic) selfhood and identity through rap music?