Analysing Indian Ocean's Kandisa: a dialogue with decolonisation

Dr. Karishmeh Felfeli-Crawford
This article provides justification for the minority scholar trained in "elite" music analysis (my term) to apply voice-leading analysis to rock band Indian Ocean's fusion number Kandisa. In so doing, I find a meaningful new way to address decolonisation debates in music. Born and schooled in India, and now based in Ireland, I first reflect on recent tensions around music theory's white racial frame (Ewell 2020; Lavengood 2020) and ask what this means for a minority scholar whose non-luxury
more » ... ning1 in Western art music (henceforth WAM) and its theory has - curiously - placed me on the fringes of music academe. A close reading of Kandisa is presented next, as an engagement with musical minutiae via a language that I argue is far more accessible and meaningful (to me, my fellow Indian friends and colleagues, and the band members themselves) than any "Indian" music terminology. Recognising the potential for this viewpoint to cause a stir amongst ethnomusicologists who have had the double good fortune to train in WAM as well as its Indian counterparts, I recontextualise Kandisa from the decolonial lenses of the work of Tuck and Yang (2012), Kennedy (2016), Kale (2017), Stock (1998), Lorde (1984), Tenzer 2006 and 2011, and Ewell (2020), to name just a few.
doi:10.17613/0d7t-9e71 fatcat:lci2z7tubvbhfg4l2nzyfyar5y