Tag Archives: music

[Entertainment] Meet ‘Inno巧克力’, your new #SinoAfrica microcelebrity

Is this the emergence of a new ‘ontological milieu’?

“大家好,我是inno巧克力,最近奥运发生了太多欺负中国健儿的事情,我实在看不下去了,把这首歌送给那些恶心的人!”

 

[Music] Nigerian-Chinese ‘cross cultural’ uniqueness: Chykii’s ‘Na God’ Ft Karen and Spy-Uc

It’s very simple. Sino-African encounters go way beyond economistic narratives of trade, commerce and ‘immigration’. Blame your social sciences training and your area study mentality and then, only then, enjoy this music. ;). BTW, in case you didn’t know, Nigerian tunes are the tunes of the future. #NigerianFuturisms

[Music] Mr. Lo-D’s long awaited ‘China Money’ video

Without a doubt, Nigerians are at the forefront of SinoAfrican musical production and exchanges. See below, another gem of SinoAfrican culture and music. Congratulations to Mr. Lo-D!

[Screening] China Remix: Guangzhou’s African Hip-Hop Scene

Short documentary about African artists in Guangzhou at HKU – Dorian Carli-Jones & Melissa Lefkowitz (2015)

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“The city of Guangzhou is home to China’s largest community of African immigrants. Despite facing prejudice and the risk of deportation, three African hip-hop artists strive to change perceptions and achieve a better life in their new land of opportunity.”

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[Abstract] Landscapes of aspiration in Guangzhou’s African music scene: beyond the trading narrative*

This article is an exploration into the personal aspirations converging in Guangzhou’s African music scene. I argue that despite being often traversed, articulated, fuelled and constrained by economies and economic discourses, aspirations are not necessarily economic or rational calculations. I contend that the overarching trading narrative about ‘Africans in Guangzhou’ has left little space for issues of agency, emotion and aspiration to be considered in their own right. Drawing on a year of sustained ethnographic fieldwork, I show how aspirations are crucial arenas where the rationales behind transnational mobility are developed, reproduced and transmitted. Indeed, aspirations can be thought of as ‘navigational devices’ (Appadurai, 2004) that help certain individuals reach for their dreams. By bringing the analysis of aspirations to the fore, I intend to: provide a more complex and nuanced landscape of the multiple rationales behind African presence in Southern China; promote a better understanding (both conceptually and empirically) of how individuals navigate their social spaces and guide their transnational journeys; and draw attention to the incessant frictions and negotiations between individual aspirations while on the move, and the constraints imposed by more structural imperatives.

Keywords: ‘landscapes of aspiration’ – ‘Africans in China’ – music – Guangzhou – aspirations

*Accepted Manuscript at the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs for a special issue guest edited by Gordon Mathews – Expected Publication: Vol. 44 No. 4 (2015).