The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop Halifu Osumare

ISBN: 9781137405067

Published: November 12th 2013

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232 pages


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The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop  by  Halifu Osumare

The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop by Halifu Osumare
November 12th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 232 pages | ISBN: 9781137405067 | 5.27 Mb

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 adaptationMoreThe 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 Ghanas 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 Ghanas social shifts, facilitated by hiplife, have occurred within the countrys 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.



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