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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, and Director of the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society. She has published and taught extensively on popular music, popular culture, and culture of the American left. Rubin is a regular media commentator on popular culture and public affairs. 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...

Konkoma

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Konkoma (or konkomba) was the earliest and most widespread of a number of early twentieth-century music styles played by southern Ghanaian processional/marching groups that were influenced by late-nineteenth-century local adaha highlife...

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...

Akan Recreational Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...The term ‘Akan recreational music’ is used by Ghanaian musicians and musicologists to describe a variety of informal drumming, dancing and singing styles of the various Akan groups of southern Ghana. Since these styles are not linked...

Kpanlogo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Kpanlogo (pronounced PAH-loh-goh) is a drum-dance created by Ghanaian youth in the 1960s that combines traditional Ga drum-dance with elements from contemporary Ghanaian and Western popular music. The genre may be viewed as part...

Simpa

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Simpa music evolved in the Dagbon traditional area of northern Ghana in the 1930s out of a combination of indigenous Dagomba and Hausa music with southern Ghanaian goombay (gombe or gome) frame drum music and highlife, introduced from...

Borborbor

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Borborbor of the northern or ‘Ewedome’ Ewe people of the southeastern Volta Region of Ghana is a drum-dance music that became popular in the 1950s. The recreational music is performed in duple meter and utilizes the 2/4 and 4/4 bell rhythms...

Adaha

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Adaha is an Africanized form of brass band music that emerged on the Ghanaian coast in the 1880s, created by local musicians who had been associated with the fife-and-drum and later brass bands of the European military forts. It is both...

Afro-Rock

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Afro-rock is a West African popular dance music that arose from the impact of imported rock music of the 1960s on African popular music. It therefore uses typical Western pop band instrumentation but with the addition of some African...

Azonto

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Azonto is a popular dance-oriented genre that originated at the turn of first decade of the twenty-first century among the young people of Ghana. The genre is characterized by a digitally layered electronic sound fused with rhythmic...