Dis-Orienting Rhythms: the politics of the new Asian dance music

Reposted from Dark Matter.

by Sanjay Sharma • 8 Mar 09 •

Dis-Orienting Rhythms: the politics of the new Asian dance music (1996, Zed books), edited by Sanjay Sharma, John Hutnyk and Ash Sharma.

This book writes back the presence of South Asian youth into a rapidly expanding and exuberant music scene; and celebrates this as a dynamic expression of the experience of diaspora with an urgent political consciousness. One of the first attempts to situate such production within the study of race and identity, it uncovers the crucial role that South Asian dance musics – from Hip-hop, Qawwali and Bhangra through Soul, Indie and Jungle – have played in a new urban cultural politics …” (Back cover)

To celebrate the landmark edited collection being published over a decade ago, the whole text and individual chapters are available to download as searchable pdf files.

Note: Please be patient while the pdf files download (whole text will take a few minutes).

Dis-Orienting Rhythms – whole text (higher quality, 23MB):
Dis-Orienting Rhythms – whole text (lower quality, 11MB):

Individual Chapters (higher quality):

  • Introduction – Sanjay Sharma, John Hutnyk and Ashwani Sharma
  1. Sounds Oriental: The (Im)possibility of Theorizing Asian Musical Cultures – Ashwani Sharma
  2. Noisy Asians or ‘Asian Noise’? – Sanjay Sharma
  3. Asian Kool? Bhangra & Beyond – Rupa Huq
  4. Remixing Identities: ‘Off’ the Turntable – Shirin Housee & Mukhtar Dar
  5. Psyche and Soul: A View from the ‘South’ – Koushik Banerjea & Partha Banerjea
  6. Re-Sounding (Anti)Racism, or Concordant Politics? - Virinder S. Kalra, John Hutnyk & Sanjay Sharma
  7. Repetitive Beatings or Criminal Justice? – John Hutnyk
  8. Versioning Terror: Jallianwala Bagh & the Jungle – Koushik Banerjea & Jatinder Barn
  9. New Paths for South Asian Identity & Musical Creativity – Raminder Kaur & Virinder S. Kalra
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  • Raven  On 24/03/2009 at 23:17

    John and Sanjay – Thanks for reminding us about this and especially for making it available on the web which is always good…I’ve mentioned it on my blog, including the downloads. Let me know if any problems with this.



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