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Living the Hiplife

  • Kartonierter Einband
  • 344 Seiten
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Jesse Weaver Shipley is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College. Hiplife is a popular music genre in Ghana that ... Weiterlesen
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Jesse Weaver Shipley is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College.


Hiplife is a popular music genre in Ghana that mixes hip-hop beatmaking and rap with highlife music, proverbial speech, and Akan storytelling. In the 1990s, young Ghanaian musicians were drawn to hip-hop's dual ethos of black masculine empowerment and capitalist success. They made their underground sound mainstream by infusing carefree bravado with traditional respectful oratory and familiar Ghanaian rhythms. "Living the Hiplife" is an ethnographic account of hiplife in Ghana and its diaspora, based on extensive research among artists and audiences in Accra, Ghana's capital city; New York; and London. Jesse Weaver Shipley examines the production, consumption, and circulation of hiplife music, culture, and fashion in relation to broader cultural and political shifts in neoliberalizing Ghana.

Shipley shows how young hiplife musicians produce and transform different kinds of value--aesthetic, moral, linguistic, economic--using music to gain social status and wealth, and to become respectable public figures. In this entrepreneurial age, youth use celebrity as a form of currency, aligning music-making with self-making and aesthetic pleasure with business success. Registering both the globalization of electronic, digital media and the changing nature of African diasporic relations to Africa, hiplife links collective Pan-Africanist visions with individualist aspiration, highlighting the potential and limits of social mobility for African youth.

This ethnography of hiplife, a popular Ghanaian music genre combining hip-hop with highlife music, shows how young hiplife artists in Ghana and its diaspora use the music to gain social status, wealth, and respectability.


Titel: Living the Hiplife
Untertitel: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian Popular Music
EAN: 9780822353669
ISBN: 978-0-8223-5366-9
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Duke University Press
Genre: Musik
Anzahl Seiten: 344
Jahr: 2013
Auflage: New.



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