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Wu-Tang Manual For Indie Homies

Even though it arrived riding TV waves, hip-hop was a readymade fit for the subcontinent’s oral-aural multiverse

Wu-Tang Manual For Indie Homies
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Art and performance’s form and content are fluid. We take what we want, make what we want of it and pour it back into the flow. This produces a multiverse, not a universe, where experience and expression are in constant interaction, creating versions of realities, allowing for a more compl­e­te comprehension of one’s experience of reality and finally the truth about something. Hip-hop in India and around the world is moving out of the confines of a particular region, language, com­munity or class of people. It is defining itself into an inclusive community and culture and exp­anding its role and function.

India’s oral-aural communication and media multiverse ensured that poetry and song have been sites of social, cultural and political comm­entary, documentation, narration, protest and critique for centuries in India. During this time, both have lent and borrowed from languages, exp­ressions and music from all over the world. There has been constant experimenting with form and content. Mutual trust between the sender and the receiver of a message is an important aspect of oral-aural communication.  

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