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Music as a Historical Resource Music has always been seen a mere piece of entertainment that can only been listened to while it is still in the top charts, however, many people do not realize that music can also tell us about the past. Music can tell us of the hardships that people dealt with during the time period it was created, as well as information about the artist itself. Music can create a sense of identity for people to relate to, this is the case in the cd Bollywood Flashback II , by British Asian artist, Bally Sagoo. Bally Sagoo was born in New Delhi, India was but was brought up in Birmingham, England. Sagoo was always interested in music from his childhood, however he was never interested in any type of Indian music. He was always into hip-hop, reggae, Motown and other non-Asian music. He always just thought Indian music was just plain old Indian music and nothing more. When he began realizing something was still missing, that is when he decided to try something new and mix Indian classical songs with new and innovative westernized beats. Bollywood Flashback II consists of Indian classical songs that have been fused with hip-hop, jazz, and reggae beats. This is how Sagoo gained worldwide recognition, he began fusing Indian songs with western beats while he worked as a disc jockey in clubs. This album of Sagoo’s can be a potential historical source because it can tell a future historian a lot about Sagoo’s intentions for creating a genre of this type of music as well as the effect of globalization during the late 20 th century. When future historians will listen to the album, the questions they might ask themselves are what was it that interested Sagoo in fusing these two different types of music into one? What was it about this album and the genre of the
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music that made it so popular worldwide? While asking these questions, they will have to dwell further into the social and cultural aspects of this album. In music, social and cultural issues seem to be a driving force behind the type of music and lyrics that are present in an album. Social issues such as class, race, ethnicity, racial prejudice, and other related issues highly influence artists to create a certain type of music based on what they experience or see around them dealing with these issues. In Sagoo’s case, historians would look closely at the social issues dealing with ethnicity and race. They would have to find out what issues dealing with ethnicity and race was Sagoo faced with. They will need to learn more about Sagoo’s background to understand the mixed feelings he has about his identity as not just being British or Indian but a combination of both. For example, K. Moti Gokulsing said in his book Indian Popular Cinema that, “we noticed that young Punjabis in London knew little about their own culture and language and were immersed into the English disco scene” (104). This was the same case that Sagoo dealt with and that is why he decided to fuse bhangra into
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2010 for the course HIST 189M taught by Professor Hancock during the Winter '10 term at UCSB.

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