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This paper looks at the importance of rhythmic creativity for the African-American musician as a means of counteracting the inherent "non-space" of diasporic existence. Drawing upon the work of Deleuze and Guattari, as well as from the fields of cultural studies and diaspora theory, this paper examines the immanent existential and territorial concerns of the "minor" subject, as might be witnessed in the music of James Brown. Rather than attribute Brown's African-American identity as thedoi:10.5130/tfc.v4i1.1065 fatcat:i6yj4yfcnva7zlsdhiuiyzslxa