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Young and savvy: Indigenous hip-hop as regional cultural asset

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Abstract


  • This chapter explores how Indigenous youth from two socioeconomically

    disadvantaged places - one in Australia's tropical

    north, the other just beyond the outermost edge of the Greater

    Sydney metropolitan area - marshal resources and find expressive

    voice through hip-hop music, dance and video production. In

    these locations, physical distance and poverty are conditions

    influencing the ability of creative artists to do their work, access

    opportunities and build careers. Yet remoteness is managed, and

    marginality negotiated through the expressive medium of hiphop

    and new recording and distribution technologies. Through

    their efforts, Indigenous hip-hoppers have built a new kind of

    network -semi-informal, political, transnational and often decidedly

    anti-colonial - that constitutes a new, vernacular, Indigenous

    creative industry in regional and remote Australia.

    But crucially, we also explore how physical distance and

    poverty are not the only barriers that creative artists negotiate.

    Young musicians navigate expectations of themselves and what

    constitutes 'proper' Indigenous performance in wider Australian

    cultural industries. Beyond physical and socio-economic marginality,

    cultural norms and expectations frame what are possible,

    producing and restricting creative opportunities.

    The chapter draws on collaboration from 2008 to 2009 between

    two researchers- one Indigenous, one non-Indigenous (both having

    grown up in the Southern Illawarra) -who brought to this project

    different goals and backgrounds. Andrew was at the time a PhD

    researcher on the Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia

    (CAMRA) project. Rob is Indigenous and belongs to the Yirandali

    Aboriginal nation, in the Hughenden area of north-west Queensland.

    At the time of research he was a student and active member of

    the region's Indigenous hip-hop scene. This collaboration provided

    unique links and personal connections that fostered fieldwork.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Warren, A. & Evitt, R. (2015). Young and savvy: Indigenous hip-hop as regional cultural asset. In P. Ashton, C. Gibson & R. Gibson (Eds.), By-roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia (pp. 135-152). Crawley, Australia: UWA Publishing.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2381&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1382

Book Title


  • By-roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia

Start Page


  • 135

End Page


  • 152

Abstract


  • This chapter explores how Indigenous youth from two socioeconomically

    disadvantaged places - one in Australia's tropical

    north, the other just beyond the outermost edge of the Greater

    Sydney metropolitan area - marshal resources and find expressive

    voice through hip-hop music, dance and video production. In

    these locations, physical distance and poverty are conditions

    influencing the ability of creative artists to do their work, access

    opportunities and build careers. Yet remoteness is managed, and

    marginality negotiated through the expressive medium of hiphop

    and new recording and distribution technologies. Through

    their efforts, Indigenous hip-hoppers have built a new kind of

    network -semi-informal, political, transnational and often decidedly

    anti-colonial - that constitutes a new, vernacular, Indigenous

    creative industry in regional and remote Australia.

    But crucially, we also explore how physical distance and

    poverty are not the only barriers that creative artists negotiate.

    Young musicians navigate expectations of themselves and what

    constitutes 'proper' Indigenous performance in wider Australian

    cultural industries. Beyond physical and socio-economic marginality,

    cultural norms and expectations frame what are possible,

    producing and restricting creative opportunities.

    The chapter draws on collaboration from 2008 to 2009 between

    two researchers- one Indigenous, one non-Indigenous (both having

    grown up in the Southern Illawarra) -who brought to this project

    different goals and backgrounds. Andrew was at the time a PhD

    researcher on the Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia

    (CAMRA) project. Rob is Indigenous and belongs to the Yirandali

    Aboriginal nation, in the Hughenden area of north-west Queensland.

    At the time of research he was a student and active member of

    the region's Indigenous hip-hop scene. This collaboration provided

    unique links and personal connections that fostered fieldwork.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Warren, A. & Evitt, R. (2015). Young and savvy: Indigenous hip-hop as regional cultural asset. In P. Ashton, C. Gibson & R. Gibson (Eds.), By-roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia (pp. 135-152). Crawley, Australia: UWA Publishing.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2381&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1382

Book Title


  • By-roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia

Start Page


  • 135

End Page


  • 152