November 6th, 2007

Just Call Me Mr. Meme Maker

when i say that ghislain poirier is one of my favorite global ghettotechies®, i think i mean that unsardonically, but i’m not sure where that leaves us

ghislain’s music, however, usually leaves me grinning

if not spinning

keep it blazin, g —


  • 1. Starkey: XLR8R DJ Mix, Bl&hellip  |  November 8th, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    […] In other Blazin’ news, Wayne’s term “Global Ghettotech” gets picked up in an article about Ghislain on Share This […]

  • 2. » G&hellip  |  January 5th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    […] “Global ghettotech” is a phrase I came up with to describe what seems like an emerging aesthetic among certain DJs and bloggers. I’ve also called it “nu whirled music” to describe its (antagonistic but derivative) relationship to “world music” as well as the importance of fusion (mixing “global” genres such as hip-hop, techno, reggae, etc., often with “local” styles) in the concept. For me, global ghettotech describes the recent interest in such genres as funk carioca, kuduro, reggaeton, juke, grime, kwaito, etc. — genres identified with the ghettos of the former colonies as well as with the ghettos of today’s post-colonial metropoles. I want to stress that I use the term somewhat critically — I don’t mean simply to celebrate this kind of engagement. One thing I find really problematic about it, for example, is the flavor-of-the-month approach to engaging with “other” musics: e.g., “kuduro is the new baile funk!” When it becomes a surfacy, fashionable pursuit, it gets more problematic, for me, than when it is about finding new sounds in different places and really getting to know them and the social and cultural contexts that shape them — and in the process, learning about one’s own place (and, usually, privilege) in the global order. […]

  • 3. Musical Tourism, Ethical &hellip  |  June 21st, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    […] the neoworldmusic/”global ghettotech“ (Wayne, I confess to disliking this term) blogosphere and beyond, ethics of consumption […]

  • 4. chewy  |  October 10th, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Guys, it’s Po-Co House® these days, keep up with the trendsters.

  • 5. wayneandwax  |  October 10th, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Hmmm — at least Woebot’s “shanty house” and yrs trly’s “global ghettotech” make the slumming angle more expliciit. Plus, where are your references to Spivak and Bhabha?

  • 6. chewy  |  October 15th, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I could have gone with ‘DER-O Po-Co’ house but that might be offensive to some. Although many are proud of their ghetto roots, we should bear in mind that some, like Flava Flav deplore its use as instant street cred. There was nothing fun about his ghetto upbringing he told the girls on Flava of Love 3.
    If anyone else out there would like to come up with some interesting new genre names I suggest you make your own
    Genre Generator
    and see what you come up with.

  • 7. w&w  |  October 15th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Ah, yes, Flavor Flav, that paragon of critical theory. And Flav’s never been one to exploit class or race, right?

  • 8. Birdseed  |  October 16th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    What’s with the “tropical” moniker that’s been floating around in Britain apparently? On clubs like this.

  • 9. chewy  |  October 20th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    how could you doubt the wisdom of anyone who chooses a reality TV show to find love?
    Jodie Marsh did it…

  • 10. wayneandwax  |  October 21st, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Birdseed, far as I can tell, “tropical” is a pretty free-floating signifier in the UK today. Generally, I think it’s referring to a certain Caribbean-tinged dance music. Part of the popularity, I think, stems from “tropical” being one of MySpace’s pull-down options for ID’ing one’s sound. Perhaps what began as a cheeky thing will someday define an actual sound/genre. At any rate, it’s definitely confusing against more longstanding — if specious — uses of “tropical,” which remains the industry’s umbrella term for Spanish Caribbean music.

  • 11. Birdseed  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I’ve only seen it before in connection with this club, which represents a total switch in the presentation of global ghettotech (or whatever) in the Stockholm nightlife: from very tough-looking posters with bold 3d fonts and red/green/yellow text to genteel, sophisticated and using (possibly ironic) old orientalist/exotica images. This very publicised mixtape is also veering a bit towards that visual direction.

  • 12. wayneandwax  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    As with “ghettotech” — another term whose loosing from its moorings I blame in part on MySpace drop-downs — I think you’d find some interesting, perhaps pattern-like, results if you search to see which bands/artists are billing themselves as “tropical” on MySpace. It’d be nice if a bot of some sort could crawl&collect MySpace “tropical” music and create a montage to give a sense of how people interpret the term. Who’s working on those research bots anyhow?

  • 13. Birdseed  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I went to myspace to have a tentative look and I have to say that your hypothesis is slightly hampered by the fact that tropical is not, in fact, one of the genres you can chose on myspace.

    Good try though!

  • 14. wayneandwax  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I don’t know where you were looking, but a quick search on MySpace just now turns up plenty of bands identifying with the term “Tropical” so it must be an option.

    See, e.g.,
    “Regional Mexican / Japanese Classic Music / Tropical”
    “Alternative / Tropical / Punk”
    “Hip Hop / Tropical / Grime”


    Clearly a free-floating signifier. Indeed, I suspect the majority of uses on MySpace, as with “Ghettotech,” are tongue-in-cheek.

  • 15. Birdseed  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    That’s interesting. I was trying to use Myspace’s internal search engine, maybe it’s set up differently for different countries?


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I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

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