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OU on the BBC: Thinking Allowed – Bhangra and Belonging; Why Music Matters

Updated Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Laurie Taylor explores the role of music in our lives with Prof David Hesmondhalgh.

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Boy playing electric piano Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime Thinking Allowed is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences. On this week's episode:

Why Music Matters: David Hesmondhalgh, Professor of Music and Media Industries, examines the role of music in our lives and the ways in which it enriches people and society, or fails to do so. What is music's political and social significance beyond the pleasure it brings? He's joined by Caspar Melville, Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries.

Also, 'Bhangra and Belonging': Falu Bakrania, US lecturer in Race and Resistance Studies, discusses her research into the social life of British Asian musical culture in the late 90s. How did Bhangra, a fusion of Punjabi folk music with hip hop elements, break into the mainstream and what was its effect on the identities and lives of young British Asians.

Listen to Thinking Allowed

You can listen to this episode of Thinking Allowed at 4pm on Wednesday 22 January 2014 on BBC Radio 4. More information and a link to listen again will be available on the BBC website

 

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