Wayne Marshall opened a new discussion on his blog. About World Music, Global Ghettotech and other Genre terms and definitions. We will add our comments sooner or later – when we have more time, and translated our ideas from German into English language. Its still a barrier at times….
But lets kick off with Wayne Marshalls article:
The release of Lamin’s EP leads me to think about all sorts of things, stubbornly but slipperily inserting itself into ongoing dialogues in my head and in the worlds of music discourse in which I find myself.
Is this African music? I dunno.
Is it world music? Gavinsays, fuckityesitis.
Is it global ghettotech? Shut yo mouth.
What it makes me think about in the context of all these questions is: to what extent do individuals like Lamin or collectives like Dutty Artz actively direct discussions about music today and boldly navigate the brave new worlds of post-scarcity music industry, and to what extent are their efforts inevitably shaped by, or folded into, those same discourses and forces?
This brings us back to the crux of the question about world music, or global ghettotech, or transnational bass, or wot-ever-u-call-it. What is the nature of the mediation of the encounter with difference that these terms tend to entail? Are we talking about translation, filtration, curation, collaboration, production, or some odd admixture of them all?
Read further on WayneAndWax.com.