Noise Outside of the USA- Rap in Germany: Birth of a genre ~Tony Mitchell -Pop music can transcend linguistic and cultural barriers
Germany = 3 rd largest music market in the world…. -Rap and Hip-hop have existed since 1983 in Germany (even before reunification) -In 1984 the film “Beat Street” was influential http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_DZoCiPnOc -“Wild Style” also brought graffiti and hip-hop
During the time that this style became especially popular especially among East German youths and immigrant youths around industrial centers (1992- 1993), the privatization of East German industry led to asylum seekers, Turks, homeless, L-wing sympathizers being beaten to death and Nazi demonstrations. Germany’s groups such as “Die Toten Hosen” and “Die Aerzte” tried to preach anti-violent messages in their music.
Advanced Chemistry from Heidelberg came together and was a group comprised of Italian, Ghanan, and Haitian singers. They sang about what it means to be German but treated as an outsider. Vs. Die Fantastischen Vier from Stuttgart wanted to make rap something uniquely German. They were a group of white, middle-class suburban Germans and detailed happenings in the life of the young suburban male, such as getting to know pretty girls in the bar and going to house parties, and were generally spoken in a whimsical and light-hearted style.
Today, Germany’s multicultural music is becoming increasingly popular… as its population does the same….
Muhabbet a Turkish-German singer has a fan-base that is primarily immigrant kids who need someone like Muhabbet. He sings about his life in the Boecklemund district in Cologne where he grew up and Neukoeln, Berlin where he lives now and also love- of the traditional Turkish Arabesque pop form. He also sings of larger than life feelings-not his native Turkish, but the language of the country he grew up in- Germany. (quoted from Thomas Winkler’s article “Mixing it up”)
BERLIN - NOVEMBER 12: French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner (L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visit the German-Turkish music label P.L.A.K. Music on November 12, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. Kouchner and Steinmeier recorded a song about respect, acceptance and appreciation of different cultural backgrounds in Germany with the singer Muhabbet.Bernard KouchnerFrank-Walter Steinmeier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0KChuP WqiU
17 Hippies from Berlin, Germany encompass folk, pop, rock, polka and back again. In their music they reflect the entire history of immigration in Germany in their album “Heimlich” and sing in German, French, and English. They fill the niche of the urban alternative left scene and their music is a promise that multicultural music is still alive. (quoted from Thomas Winkler’s article “Mixing it Up”) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUmCuqkn qxk
Culcha Candela is a group from Berlin. Their lyrics range from political issues, such as "Una Cosa" or "Schöne, neue Welt" to party songs, such as "Partybus". The name Culcha Candela can be translated into roughly as "hot" or "bright" culture. They sing in German, English, Spanish, and Patois and multiculturalism is evident in their music videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDpwiADy -GQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1VPzSSDY 7k&feature=channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WccLwHKd _AI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS4fyxuFZ vA Multikulturelles Deutschland ist hier. It may be a difficult journey to full-acceptance but we are hopeful for the future…. And so we leave you with this song by Xavier Naidoo.