2008, Sat, Jul 26

La plus belle ville du monde

Marseille - The Sea, the City and its Popular Culture

Massila Sound System

Massila Sound System

The metropolitan port is an exception in France for a number of reasons. If one asks: Where is the best place for immigrants to live? The frequent response is: ‘In Marseilles, the most beautiful city in the world’.

The Mediterranean city has a unique sound-culture, which continues where Hip-Hop left off and assimilates regional history and influences from outside Europe – Massilia Sound System being a prime example. The contrast between the centre and the banlieue is less marked here that elsewhere in France: culture and politics are more likely to find a public forum in Marseilles. The Panel will present examples illustrating Marseilles’ distinct development, which would have been inconceivable had the city not been located by the sea.

With: Mit Massilia Sound System , band of popdeurope , Stéphane Galland, Radio Grénouille Marseille, Claire Calogirou, Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseilles

Moderation: Susanne Stemmler, House of World Cultures

Language: French with German translation

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