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In our last session, more students presented songs that played an important role in their lives. It was interesting to note that all the students had chosen songs dealing with the divergence of norms - be it in the form of ideals of beauty, as in Janis Ian's "At Seventeen" (1975) or with regard to self-confidence as in Radiohead's "The Bends".
The songs and the accompanying discussion were an ideal starting point for a short video portrait of the rapper Eko Fresh. In the context of the web series "Germania" the Cologne-based artist who identifies as a German with Turkish roots, talks about his relationship with Germany and about everyday experiences of exclusion. The interview gave us the opportunity to talk about hiphop as a genre and especially about what makes hiphop interesting for people belonging to minorities.
At the end of the course, we eventually took another step towards Kraftwerk. The band os currently in an open trial with the Frankfurt hiphop producer Moses Pelham. Pelham used a 2-second sample from a power plant track in one of his songs.
What a great ending! At this point a heartfelt thank you to all participants!
Looking forward to the next round!