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Friday, March 23 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Roundtable: Tropical Music, Appropriation and Music “Discovery” in the Global Metropolis

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The explosion of international sounds in the pop sphere—associated with Pitbull, Black Eyed Peas, Shakira and M.I.A, among others-—has been paralleled and driven by a mirror-underground usually simply called global bass, ghetto bass, or tropical bass. This roundtable explores the power dynamics of cultural appropriation, tastemaking and music discovery within this digital space, looking at rap, Bollywood, kwaito, Baltimore club, dancehall, baile funk, bhangra, cumbia villera, etc., where they merge into this new melting pot/marketplace.

With: Rekha Malhotra aka DJ Rekha, Wayne Marshall, Venus X Iceberg

Moderator: Edwin STATS Houghton


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Edwin STATS Houghton

Edwin STATS Houghton is the editor-in-chief of Okayplayer.com and a former contributing editor for FADER magazine where he established the weekly Ghetto Palms column/DJ blog. His cover stories on Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul, Tego Calderon and others have been instrumental in shining a light on the region’s styles and stars to the mainstream press. He has held down DJ residencies at Basement Bhangra, Heavwye1ght Sessions and the Rubin... Read More →
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Venus X Iceberg

Venus X Iceberg (née Jazmin Venus Soto) is resident DJ and founder of The Ghe20 Gothik Party (voted best party in 2011 Village Voice) which serves as home base to many recently emerged hybrid rave/hip-hop genres. Her twitter rants calling out DJ/Producer Diplo raise questions of cultural appropriation and have been the subject of much discussion on feminist and music blogs alike.   Abstract: | | "Tropical Music, Appropriation... Read More →
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Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall is an ethnomusicologist, blogger (wayneandwax.com), and DJ. While working on a book about music and digital youth culture, he's currently teaching at Brandeis University. He co-edited and contributed to Reggaeton (Duke 2009) and has written for The Wire, the Boston Phoenix, and journals such as Popular Music and Callaloo.   Abstract: | | "Music as Social Life in an Age of Platform Politricks" The advent of socially... Read More →
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Rekha Malhotra AKA DJ Rekha

Rekha Malhotra AKA DJ Rekha is a DJ, producer and founder of Basement Bhangra™ and Bollywood Disco club nights. She has designed sound for "Bridge and Tunnel" on Broadway and NPR, and curated shows for Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn and 92Y Tribeca. She is an adjunct lecturer at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where she teaches about contemporary South Asian music and DJ culture.   Abstract: | | "Tropical Music... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

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