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Music Graduate Colloquium: Raj Singh, Western NEW VENUE

Friday, December 2, 2022
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Music Building (MB)
Room: Studio 242
Graduate Colloquium Series

Presented by Graduate Studies in Music, the Don Wright Faculty of Music Graduate Colloquium series includes lectures by distinguished guests, Western faculty members, and senior graduate students on all fields of research and creative activity in music.

Raj Singh (Western University): "Inuit Hip Hop: Expressions of Modernity, Lived Experiences, and Cultural Health"

NEW VENUE: Previously scheduled in TC101, this event will now take place in Studio 242 in the Music Building. 

Admission is free, and all are welcome to join.


The adoption and adaptation of rap music by Indigenous people is an example of hip hop culture’s social power. Indigenous peoples use hip hop for cultural and political activism, to mediate their relationship between aspects of tradition and modernity, and to address heritage, Indigeneity, responsibility to their communities, (de)colonization and intergenerational trauma. While scholars have written about Indigenous hip hop more broadly, Inuit hip hop in Canada remains under researched in ethnomusicology. Through my collaborations with the Inuit community of Qamani’tuaq, Nunavut over the past eight years, I argue that hip hop is the medium of choice for young Inuit to express themselves. I hypothesize that the Inuitization of hip hop is a contemporary form of musical and oral/aural storytelling that allows practitioners to share their personal viewpoints and lived experiences in meaningful ways that lead to cultural health and well-being. Through community-based engagement and interviews with Inuit musicians, this paper examines the ways in which Inuit engage with hip hop culture and for what purposes. In so doing, this research furthers knowledge about Inuit contributions to the global production and consumption of hip hop culture.


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Audrey Yardley-Jones - Graduate Program Assistant
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