The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop (BOK)

Halifu Osumare

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The Hiplife in Ghana explores one international site - Ghana, West Africa - where hip-hop music and culture have morphed over two decades into the hiplife genre of world music. It investigates hiplife music not merely as an imitation and adaptation of hip-hop, but as a reinvention of Ghana's century-old highlife popular music tradition. Author Halifu Osumare traces the process by which local hiplife artists have evolved a five-phased indigenization process that has facilitated a youth-driven transformation of Ghanaian society. She also reveals how Ghana's social shifts, facilitated by hiplife, have occurred within the country's 'corporate recolonization,' serving as another example of the neoliberal free market agenda as a new form of colonialism. Hiplife artists, we discover, are complicit with these global socio-economic forces even as they create counter-narratives that push aesthetic limits and challenge the neoliberal order.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Halifu Osumare
ISBN 9781137405067
Antall sider 232 Dimensjoner 14cm x 21,6cm x 1,2cm
Vekt 272 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Popular culture, Social & cultural history, Cultural studies, Rap & Hip-Hop