Migration of metaphors: Making sense of music in the lives of the urban poor in Dhaka city | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2040-4344
  • E-ISSN: 2040-4352



Urban folk is an emerging trend in popular music in Bangladesh, which has become prevalent in audio media quite recently with, among others, the emergence of a new generation of artists and musicians. The present article explores the relationship between popular music and the experience of migration by looking at the lyrical contents of a number of urban folk songs and is particularly interested in the metaphoric reconstruction at work within urban folk music that acts to signify the formation of new cultural identity for rural migrants in Dhaka city.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): cultural identity; Dhaka; migration; popular music; urban folk; urban poor
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