1 Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Københavns Universitet2 Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Københavns Universitet
Afro-Danish jazz band Harlem Kiddies and discourses of race and resistance in 1940s Denmak
In 1940, three young Afro-Danes came together to form what was to become one of the most popular swing bands in Scandinavia, the Harlem Kiddies. This essay seeks to investigate the performance and reception history of the orchestra, especially during the years of the German occupation. This essay argues that the Harlem Kiddies became double signifiers of resistance, and their performance strategies complicate and contradict essentialist notions of race, nation, and cultural identity.
African and Black Diaspora, 2013, Vol 7, Issue 1, p. 10-21
Faculty of Humanities; Denmark; Jazz; Race; german occupation; cultural identity; Performance; Afro-Dansk jazz band; Harlem Kiddies; kulturel identitet; den tyske besættelse