Afropolitan Projects: Music, Representation, and the Politics of Belonging in Australia

Author/editor: Bonnie B. McConnell
Published in (Monograph or Journal): Popular Music and Society
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Online
Year published: 2019
Volume no.: 42
Issue no.: 2
Page no.: p131-149.


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.

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