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Research Case studies

Reclaiming Liverpool One: Music, Leisure and Urban Space

Brett Lashua

Cities remain challenging spaces for young people to negotiate cultural identities through music and leisure. This DEI-Funded research involved a collaborative ‘urban music’ (rap, hip-hop, R’nB, soul, grime, and dubstep genres) project in Liverpool with URBEATZ (an urban youth culture and media agency). Twenty-one vocalists and producers (ages 18-26) attended studio sessions to record a 12-song free digital ‘mixtape’ download. Two promotional music videos were produced, and a concert was held in a Liverpool city centre venue to launch the mixtape in April 2011. Through youth-produced media, the project questioned ‘who belongs?’ in the regenerated city centre.


Research outpus

  • Lashua, B.D. (Forthcoming, 2013) Mapping the politics of ‘race’ and memory in Liverpool’s popular music heritage. In S. Cohen, L. Roberts, M. Leonard, and R. Knifton (Eds.), Sites of Popular Music Heritage. London: Routledge.
  • Lashua, B.D. (2011, July) “Now we gotta make moves for the future!” An ethnographic tale of young people’s leisure, urban music, and borderlands in Liverpool. Annual Leisure Studies Association (UK) conference, Southampton Solent University, United Kingdom.
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