Reggae borderzones, reggae graveyards: Bob Marley fandom in Bali

Baulch, Emma (2004) Reggae borderzones, reggae graveyards: Bob Marley fandom in Bali. Perfect Beat, 6(4), pp. 3-27.


The road from Bali’s international airport to the island’s most renowned tourist area, Kuta Beach, leads past a number of establishments claiming affiliation to reggae music and Rastafarianism in large, appropriately coloured billboards. A sign outside a tee shirt shop bears the words RASTA MANIA within a green, yellow and red border, and a stick figure caricaturing negritude, the logo of this clothing label. In the window display hangs a tee shirt, and upon it Bob Marley’s wizened face. His lips pinch a cone-shaped spliff, and he squints behind a veil of airbrushed smoke. A leanto sign on the sidewalk outside Apache Bar announce REGGAE BANDS NIGHTLY. This barn of coconut wood and thatch nestles behind Wendy’s Ice Cream Parlour and Chi Chi’s Mexican Bar. Its timber walls emulate a rustic, spaghetti Western aesthetic and are adorned with portraits of native Americans. In addition to the reggae bands, nightly, Apache bar unites young Japanese women with local ‘guides’.2

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ID Code: 83220
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: reggae, Bali
ISSN: 1038-2909
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Equinox Publishing Ltd
Deposited On: 09 Apr 2015 00:07
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2015 20:40

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