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Why Music Matters?; Bhangra and Belonging

Laurie Taylor explores the role of music in our lives with Prof David Hesmondhalgh, and Falu Bakrania discusses British Asian musical culture in the late 1990s.

Why Music Matters: David Hesmondhalgh, Professor of Music and Media Industries, examines the role of music in our lives and the ways in which it enriches people and society, or fails to do so. What is music's political and social significance beyond the pleasure it brings? He's joined by Caspar Melville, Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries. Also, 'Bhangra and Belonging': Falu Bakrania, US lecturer in Race and Resistance Studies, discusses her research into the social life of British Asian musical culture in the late 90s. From Bhangra to Asian underground, she talked to the male artists and female club goers. What impact did this musical explosion have on British Asian identity?

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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28 minutes

David Hesmondhalgh

Professor of Media and Music Industries at the University of Leeds


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‘Why Music Matters’
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN-10: 1405192410
ISBN-13: 978-1405192415

Caspar Melville

Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London


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Falu Bakrania

Associate Professor & Acting Director Race and Resistance Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University; Co-director, South Asian Studies Initiative


Find out more about Falu Bakrania


Bhangra and Asian Underground: South Asian Music and the Politics of Belonging in Britain
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN-10: 0822353172
ISBN-13: 978-0822353171

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