The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop
New Book by Global Hip-Hop Scholar Halifu Osumare
Explores Hip-Hop’s Influence on Ghana, West Africa and
Looks at How Ghana’s Youth Fused Hip-hop with Ghanaian Culture to Form Hiplife,
an Art Form and Culture of Their Own.
The book is one of the only full-length, single-authored texts on Hiplife music and Ghanaian culture. It explores Ghana’s indigenization process—blending the global and local—to understand how hip-hop and hiplife have empowered Ghanaian youth to have a greater say in their country’s social, political, and economic growth, as well as how hiplife artists negotiate the global pop culture marketplace that has created a neo-colonialism in Africa.
The life and career of Ghana’s Reggie Rockstone, hiplife’s founder and “Godfather,” becomes the anchor for the book. V.I.P., Obrafour, Kwaw kese, Samini, Tic Tac, Sarkodie, Mimi are also referred to.
Associate Professor and Director of the African American & African Studies at University of California, Davis, Osumare’s representation of hip-hop is seen through the lens of what she calls “the arc of mutual inspiration” that exists between Africa and the African diaspora in a continual cultural exchange of music and dance. In The Hiplife in Ghana, hiplife music is situated within this context. Osumare considers her work a reminder to the U.S. of its continual cultural link to Africa through ubiquitous African American cultural production.
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