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Sonic Sovereignty: Hip Hop, Indigeneity, and Shifting Popular Music Mainstreams (Postmillennial Pop)

Sonic Sovereignty: Hip Hop, Indigeneity, and Shifting Popular Music Mainstreams (Postmillennial Pop)

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Publication Date: July 25th, 2023
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What does sovereignty sound like?

Sonic Sovereignty considers how contemporary Indigenous musicians champion self-determination through musical expression in Canada and the United States. The framework of "sonic sovereignty" connects self-definition, collective determination, and Indigenous land rematriation to the immediate and long-lasting effects of expressive culture. Liz Przybylski covers online and offline media spaces, following musicians and producers as they, and their music, circulate across broadcast and online networks.

Przybylski documents and reflects on shifts in both the music industry and political landscape over the course of a decade: as the ways in which people listen to, consume, and interact with popular music have radically changed, extensive public conversations have flourished around contemporary Indigenous culture, settler responsibility, Indigenous leadership, and decolonial futures.

Sonic Sovereignty encourages us to experiment with temporal possibilities of listening by detailing moments when a sample, lyric, or musical reference moves a listener out of normative time. Nonlinear storytelling practices from hip hop music and other North American Indigenous sonic practices inform these generative listenings. The musical readings presented in this book thus explore how musicians use tools to help listeners embrace rupture, and how out-of-time listening creates decolonial possibilities.

About the Author

Liz Przybylski is Associate Professor in the Department of Music at University of California, Riverside and is the author of Hybrid Ethnography: Online, Offline, and In Between (SAGE, 2020). Her research appears in Ethnomusicology, the Journal of Borderlands Studies, and IASPM Journal, among others. She is an awardee of the National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship.