21st Century German Multiculturalism* in music

21st Century German
in music
Content Standard 8
WL Curriculum
Framework CT
Culcha Candela
Eko Fresh
Baba Saad
Fanta 4
Xavier Naidoo
Advanced Chemistry
17 Hippies
Noise Outside of the USA- Rap in
Germany: Birth of a genre
~Tony Mitchell
-Pop music can transcend linguistic and
cultural barriers
Germany = 3rd 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
-“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 (19921993), 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
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.
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.
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”)
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.
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.

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