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

McConnell, Bonnie


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.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Popular Music and Society
DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2017.1413618


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