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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 05:49

Bruno Culturally Appropriating Black Music

Bruno Mars finds himself at the center of a fierce online debate after he was accused of being a cultural appropriator. The online debate begins after an episode of webseries "The Grapevine" went viral.

During the show, commentators joined in for a discussion whether Bruno, who was born to Filipino mother and Puerto Rican father, was appropriating black culture for profit. "Bruno Mars 100 percent is a cultural appropriator," Seren Sensei said of the Grammy-winning musician. "He is not black at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity cross genres."

"What Bruno Mars does, is he takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it," she argued, referencing to the fact that Bruno makes music that would fit into traditional black genres like R&B, funk, soul and hip-hop. "Bruno Mars has an Album of the Year Grammy and Prince never won an Album of the Year Grammy. The issue is we want our black culture from non-black bodies."

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