I finished writing and publishing this series in November 2020, but Ninety One, thankfully, continues to perform, and people continue to discover them and be intrigued by them. Here are links to works (both mine and others’) that build upon—and, in some cases, offer valuable counterarguments to—what you read here.
As I published each essay in the series I included a Twitter thread that included context, additional links, and the occasional rant on my part. If you get intrigued by a source and want to know if that source is on Twitter, this is the fastest way to find out. (In general I’m not much of a Twitter user, though if you DM me I’ll see it.)
Part 8: I get confessional.
This series is actually my second go-round writing about Ninety One; the first, for the excellent music-focused site One Week One Band, was published in November 2017. Some of my arguments there made my way into this series; others got changed. Also I had room for a few topics I couldn’t address in this series, such as other Q-pop groups worth checking out, what Ninety One filming in front of a mall has to do with global trends in city-making, and “Su Asty,” one of my favorite songs of theirs.
On 4 January 2021 BBC News published “The K-pop inspired band that challenged gender norms in Kazakhstan,” by Yvette Tan. It’s a nicely focused, well-researched piece that focuses on the issues that arose from Ninety One’s gender presentation, with commentary from academics Megan Rancier and Sabina Insebayeva, as well as Yerbolat Bedelkhan.
The Katerina Suvorova documentary Face the Music, also known as Men Sen Emes, wasn’t available with English subtitles when I wrote this series; Juz Entertainment uploaded a copy the day after the BBC News piece ran. (Tan’s impact!) If you were most intrigued by Part 5, definitely give it a watch.
this page last updated 24 January 2021