3.90.159 Turkish Rap in Germany – A workshop on a music style that emerged among young migrants


  • Di , 01.11.2016 14:00 - 18:00
  • Mi , 02.11.2016 09:00 - 13:00


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Carried out by Dr. Verda Kaya (Berlin)

The history of German–Turkish rap began in the 1980s when teenagers from Turkish backgrounds started to imitate this new American music style. Later, the youth developed indigenous styles aligned with their own cultural and social background by combining different songs and languages and rapping about their specific local, national and transnational situation. Rap music has become a medium through which these youth express their opinions, emotions, and affiliations as well as their position relative to other social groups.
In this workshop, by analyzing selected songs and video clips from different periods, we will investigate how political and social circumstances and the position of German–Turkish youth within German society have affected the rap music produced by these artists. I will draw examples from my own research, but students are also welcome to contribute their own experiences and perspectives.

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Verda Kaya is working as a freelance researcher in Berlin. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the European University Viadrina in 2015. Her main areas of research are popular culture, urban anthropology, migration, transnationalism, music, HipHop, and ethnicity in Berlin and Istanbul. She is the author of two books (in German): HipHop zwischen Istanbul und Berlin: Eine (deutsch-)türkische Jugendkultur im lokalen und transnationalen Beziehungsgeflecht and Lehmburgen und Wellblechdächer: Architektur und Lebensform bei den Dagara in Ghana.



  • ipb618 Transculturality and Cultural Mobility
  • mir120 Evaluating und Developing Research Methods for Transcultural Contexts
  • mir320 Theory and Methods in Migration Studies


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