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“Wigs and Skin”: Colonialism According to Ama Ata Aidoo

Rachel Lee Rubin

Rachel Lee Rubin is Professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA, where she directs the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society. She has authored and edited numerous books on American popular culture including Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture, American Identities: An Introductory Textbook, American Popular Music: New Approaches to the Twentieth Century, and an upcoming title for Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, Okie from Muskogee. She is a regular commentator on public radio and frequently quoted as a popular culture expert in the mainstream media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Creative Activism : Conversations on Music, Film, Literature, and Other Radical Arts

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...Aidoo is widely acknowledged as a trail-blazing African woman writer. But her work constantly reminds us that we need to put just as much emphasis on “blaze” as “trail.” She certainly has, in multiple ways, contributed to the creation...

E.T. Mensah

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...Dubbed the “King of Highlife,” horn player and vocalist E. T. Mensah nurtured the form in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in 1919 in the Gold Coast, now Ghana, Mensah learned to play flute while at the Accra Government School. He went on to play...

Cape Coast

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 61,000 (1990) Cape Coast is the regional capital of the coastal Fanti region of southern Ghana where the Europeans first established their forts-cum-ports. Consequently, various transcultural forms...

Kumasi

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 906,400 (1999) Kumasi is the second-largest city in the Republic of Ghana. It is situated almost 200 miles (320 km) inland from the country’s capital city, Accra, and is the traditional capital of the Ashanti people....

Accra

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 1,904,000 (2002) Accra, the capital of the Republic of Ghana, is a port city situated on the Bight of Benin in the Ga ethnic area. It became the capital of the British Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1898....

Ghana

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 20,467,747 (2003) The Republic of Ghana is situated in West Africa, adjoining Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and Côte D’Ivoire in the west. The capital, Accra, is situated on the southern coastline....