Cultural Globalization and Music: African Artists in by Nadia Kiwan

By Nadia Kiwan

This e-book is set South-North, North-South relatives among Africa and Europe, offering the private narratives of musicians in several destinations throughout Africa and Europe, and people of the folks who represent their networks in the wider creative, cultural, and civil society milieus of globalizing societies.

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They get work here. (Meinhof’s and Rasolofondraosolo’s interview, November 2007, Fort Dauphin, English original) Azafady’s initiative was to counteract the complete lack of facilities in a town like Fort Dauphin. Most musicians did not own instruments other than home-made kabosys or flutes which are not amplifiable. In 2007, there were no recording facilities, no sound systems and no rehearsal spaces other than those provided by Azafady. Since it is the absence of these facilities that causes many musicians to leave for Tana before they have sufficient connections, creating hardship and – for the majority – ultimate failure, Azafady was trying to delay their departure by giving important initial help in producing demo-tapes: The thing that they wanted was that even if we could put together just a ‘maquette’ [Brett uses the French word for ‘demo recording’] not broadcast quality, just a maquette, because for the musicians here, if they ...

This difficulty was mentioned time and time again by musicians we met from Fez and Meknes, and this despite the fact that these towns are both historically established with their own wellknown cultural identity and infrastructure. The difficulty encountered by the musicians we interviewed from these locations may of course be linked to the genre of music that they represent, namely rap. Shabka, which brings together five friends from Fez, is a rap group which draws on various influences including US gangsta rap, reggae and ragga, but the lyrics of their tracks are in Moroccan Arabic (darija).

This was the view put forward by Otmane and Hatim, two members of the rap group H-Kayne, when we interviewed them in April 2008 at home in Meknes. , it’s not that we have difficulty, but there are groups here in Meknes, from Fez, but we feel that it’s really mega-centralized in Casa–Rabat … the radio stations, etc. […] the radio station which is supposed to be … Hit Radio, we don’t have it in Meknes, we don’t have in Fez ... […] Us – they call us ‘come and do some interviews’. I’ve done them, it never got broadcast […] me, I’m not interested in being on the radio if the people from my town … don’t hear me, you see, if you want to come to my town, no problem I’ll do an interview … but yeah, it’s, it’s, there’s nothing here in Meknes, there’s nothing, there’s nothing.

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