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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
Book of rhymes

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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