Remixing jazz culture

Musical hybridity and collectivity in the New Europe


  • Kristin McGee University of Groningen



collectivity, hip hop, hybridity, jazz, mixed media, New Europe


In the twenty-first century, cosmopolitan musical collectivities reinvigorate the architectural spaces of urban neighbourhoods to forge new engagements with culture and technology. Within the New European city, hybrid economic forums (Lessig) generate musical activities involving both shared practices such as musical bartering and proprietary resources such as state-of-the-art commercial recordings. In this article, I examine the growing phenomena of mixed-mediated musical collectivism by examining the socio-cultural, musical and performative activities of two Dutch groups and their surrounding collectives, Kyteman’s Hiphop Orkest (and collectivity Kytopia) and C-mon & Kypski. By offering an ethnographic and socio-cultural analysis of these two Dutch groups, I illuminate the embeddedness of late-capitalist musical collectivities to European hybrid processes. Contemporary forms of musical collectivism are distinguished from earlier varieties by highlighting participants’ engagement with hybrid practices including mixed-genre creativity; sharing of resources and professional skills, and finally collaborative networks among music and non-arts participants through a combination of local and transnational circuits.

Author Biography

  • Kristin McGee, University of Groningen

    Kristin McGee is associate professor of popular music at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her book Some Liked it Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928–1959 (Wesleyan University Press, 2009) considers the role of audiovisual media upon the performative lives of American jazz women in the first half of the twentieth century. She has also published on the aesthetic and cultural boundaries between popular music and jazz in various historical periods. Her research highlights the performative nature of musical cultures as constituted by the ideologies of gender, race and sexuality.


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How to Cite

McGee, K. (2012). Remixing jazz culture: Musical hybridity and collectivity in the New Europe. Jazz Research Journal, 5(1-2), 67-88.