Drawing on ethnographic research in Sydney, Melbourne, and
Canberra (2016–2017), this article examines the way musicians
articulate positive African-Australian identities in the face of political
and media discourse that emphasizes African difference and
criminality. I use the concept of “Afropolitan projects” to describe the
way musicians’ express complexity and multiplicity, simultaneously
forging allegiances across difference and foregrounding the African
roots of contemporary popular music.