Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Cipher: Fil Am renaissance?

Premiere is a testament to the 90s Filipino American R&B musical "renaissance", a moment when Fil Ams were at the brink of mainstream status, nudging at the edge of the niche ethnic market, and certainly spreading out of the Bay Area cultural core to Fil Ams all over.

If the mid to late 90s was an era for Fil Am R&B acts, then the 2000s is for Fil Am emcees (and the scenes, audiences, markets, and artists do overlap). Is this decade a new "renaissance" for Fil Am artists (hip hop, R&B, or otherwise), or was the 90s just a special, special moment (well, certainly there were more women and group-oriented acts)?


Asian American Invisibility: You don't see us, but we see you!


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