Skip to comments.Pakistan: "Hip-hop diplomacy" hits a snag as military briefly detains American dance troupe
Posted on 11/16/2011 9:13:18 AM PST by Nachum
They had bin Laden living nearby for all that time in Rawalpindi, but dancers with cameras clearly face a zero-tolerance policy. An update on this story. "US hip-hop diplomacy hits speed bump in Pakistan," by Sebastian Abbot for the Associated Press, November 16:
ISLAMABAD (AP) A U.S. attempt to smooth relations with Pakistan using a bit of hip-hop diplomacy hit a speed bump Wednesday when the Pakistani military briefly detained an American music group accused of taking photographs of sensitive installations.
The F.E.W. Collective, a hip-hop group from Chicago on a U.S.-sponsored tour of Pakistan, was traveling in embassy vehicles on a public road in Rawalpindi, a garrison town just outside the capital Islamabad, when the incident occurred, the U.S. Embassy said.
Rawalpindi hosts the headquarters of the Pakistani army, but the U.S. Embassy said no sensitive installations were visible from the vehicle when the group was pulled over. One of the band members may have been taking pictures, but the group was eventually released, it said.
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I remember many years ago, I was taking the US Foreign Service Exam. I was in the interview process. I remember the group of apparatchiks running the interview asking "assume we are sponsoring a cultural exchange with "Erehwon," who would you choose to send there?
I had read something about the "Twyla Tharpe Dance Troupe" in the Washington Post the day before. It was a sufficiently elitist, modernist, DC-centric response, so I was able to move on to the next level.
I went on vacation with my children to Asia and saw the most incredible things in Thailand.
One night we saw numerous tourist boats passing by on the river, and they had bands playing and people dancing and being happy and having fun.
Then an obvious muslim tourist boat went by... They were playing that screeching muslim music and there were about a dozen men dancing together (I swear doing the cowboy hustle with jumping and clapping) and all the women were sitting in the back covered with burkas.
It was so freaky to me that all I could do was stare at it- and one of my daughters actually was afraid and sat on my lap and said “daddy whats that”
Our hip hop diplomats in action.
US cant/wont send troops into Pakistan so they send in dance troupe?