Katy Khan's research while affiliated with University of South Africa and other places

Publications (14)

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In African-American literary thought, Henry Louis Gates's book, The signifying monkey (1988) was a breakthrough in so far as it argued for a vernacular theory for cultural expression in black communities. However, some critics missed Gates's point, and began to suggest that a singing culture is biologically inherent in black people; that the evolut...
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The aim of this article is to explore how black musicians, particularly those who proclaim a close relation with Islam, are using the cultural images from Islam to create new identities within black communities. Little has been written on the influence of Islam on female artists in African American communities. Since influence is not a one way road...
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This article explores the responses of African American musicians to the strictures placed on the production and circulation of information following the war on terror post 9/11. This date marks the intensification of the challenging of ‘war on terror’ ideology by black artists. 9/11 also ushered in a new morality in terms of which artists and demo...
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The founding ideology of modern South Africa followed a unique path that favoured the discourse of racial purity, exclusion of political rights for blacks and the silencing of black narratives justified in the phenomena of ‘separate development’, officially called the apartheid system in 1948. In response to these exclusive racial politics, African...
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Just as China has opened the country to economic free trade and financial liberalisation, so the country has also witnessed significant developments in the cultural fronts. One such development that is fast gaining currency is the presence of American-derived Hip hop music in Chinese restaurants and music centres patronised by Chinese youths. Chine...
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There is a widely-held perception that male-produced music videos accord women low status and describe stereotyped women as ‘bitch’, ‘video vixen’. There is some truth that male artists and producers slot the image of women into the frame in which women are ‘othered’ as inferior and morally degraded. However, this article will explore the following...
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This article explores the theme of religion in the lyrics of Kanye West's Jesus Walks, Scarface's Somebody and Lupe Fiasco's Muhammad Walks Lyrics. Since the time of slavery, African Americans have evolved the musical genre described as Negro spirituals. While these songs mined themes on the quest for freedom, they also offered a veiled critique of...
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The aim of this article is to render thinkable the idea of reading the Zimbabwean national anthem, Simudzai Mureza weZimbabwe, as a political biography. Biographies are people's lives narrated by others. However, the act of writing the lives of the nation in the form of an anthem, and then projecting these experiences as epitomising the lives of th...
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Although there has been substantial exchange of commercial goods between Zimbabwe and South Africa, little has been written about the two countries’ cultural exchanges that predate colonialism. The aim of this article is firstly to explore the musical global flows that were initiated by the Zimbabwean-born Dorothy Masuka and the different kinds of...
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Critics of Islamic popular music have tended to explore open modes of rebellion in black communities of America. However, the actual popular music does not always mine open political themes. There are new discourses produced in Islamic popular music. These discourses focus more on the capacity of black Muslim communities to improve their immediate...
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On 11 September, 2001 the American Twin Towers and the Pentagon became targets of what the American President George W. Bush described as an act of terrorism on the American people. The so-called ‘War on Terror’ that ensued established a new world order in which America reserved the right to militarily intervene in any country in pursuit of the so-...
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Research into the African music industry tends to be inward-looking in that it focuses more on the internal dynamics of music within specific countries. Little has been done to explore the influence or impact which external music has on African music. This has had the effect of not giving the continent a clearer picture of African people's consumpt...
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One of the most effective cultural tools used by the colonial governments in Africa to make their rule acceptable to African indigenous populations was film. In Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe) the colonial government created the Central Film Unit whose major aim was to teach Africans new agricultural methods. The response by Africans to this colon...

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... The invisibility of Black girls becomes even more concerning when they are also Muslim. Literature on Black Muslims explores womanhood, not girlhood, or examines Black Muslim women who are not African American (Al-Mutawa, 2013;Cashin, 2010;Kassam, 2011;Khan, 2011;Spalek, 2005). When exploring literature on the identities and identity construction of Black Muslim girls in the United States, context is gravely obsolete. ...
... In this sense the usage of indigenous languages can be seen as defending African values, culture and knowledge systems which have for a long time been penetrated by the west through the proliferation of mass media, literature and other hegemonic projects. As mentioned, it is no secret that the colonial project was aimed at promoting western culture and discrediting the African culture (Vambe, Chikonzo and Khan, 2007). This view is corroborated by Musa (2009: 37) who observes "the colonial social order was abhorrent to the majority of Africans, because of the imposition of a hegemonic social relation and the denial of the right to self-determination for Africans." ...
... However, the impression that Chinese hip hop as just copycat began to change when Chinese rappers, particularly those in Chongqing and Chengdu, two mega cities in Southwest China, started to rap in their local dialect rather than Mandarin. This gave Chinese hip hop a unique flavor and sense of originality (Amar, 2018;Barnett, 2012;Jing, 2006;Kahn, 2009;Khiun, 2006;Liu, 2014;Starman, 2019). China has hundreds of different dialects which differ in tones, pronunciation and sometimes vocabulary. ...
... The national anthem says that Zimbabwe 'yakazvarwa nemoto weChimurenga neropa zhinji remagamba' (was born out of the fire of Chimurenga and the abundant blood of the heroes). Vambe and Khan (2009) contend that the national anthem can be read as a political biography which seeks to promote a particular version of Zimbabwe. The occurrence of blood in both 'Zimbabwe Ndeye Ropa' and the national anthem is not accidental. ...
... China, a country where the term "hip-hop culture" is almost never heard of before 21 century, now has become the target to be explored. Katy (2009) found that the Chinese youth who are in the business of hip-hop face many hurdles that range from state repression, self-censorship, and the desire to create a community of resistance to the authoritarian attitudes on specific occasions [10]. Hip-hop still faces numerous challenges in China. ...
... Despite this considerable number of studies, a review of literature on the portrayal of women in music videos is scarce. There was an earlier effort by Khan (2008), which focused on reviewing the literature that centres on music video portrayal of women in American popular culture, and it was recommended that further efforts be undertaken to review studies that focused on the portrayal and objection of women in music videos in general. Furthermore, scholars have also suggested that when the findings of studies contradict one another, a follow-up is necessary to synthesis and organise, the extent a growing body of literatures have addressed a related subject matter (Hanafizadeh, Behboudi, Koshksaray, and Tabar, 2014;Shaikh and Karjaluoto, 2015), as well as suggest directions for further research. ...