Rapping All Over the World: Music, Media and Intercultural Communication
Music can provide a powerful means of representing identity, and of asserting cultural difference. Yet it also increasingly crosses boundaries, offering the potential for transnational communication and new forms of global culture. This applies particularly to children and young people — both to their consumption of music and to what they produce. The expanding array of new media technologies offers many different opportunities for young people to make and exchange music, through file-sharing, sampling, re-mixing and creating their own sounds. Youth cultures may have local references and influences, but they are also increasingly global, allowing young people from very different parts of the world to recognise, identify with and utilise similar styles of music, and the varieties of fashion, graphics and dance that are associated with them. Contemporary popular music often incorporates a range of styles, bringing them together to create new ‘hybrid’ forms. For children who have experienced migration, separation and new settlement, and who are coming to terms with different cultural influences, the role of music can therefore be particularly significant.
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