Welcome to the companion website for Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World, edited by Eric Charry (Indiana University Press, 2012). Available now!
Hip Hop Africa explores a new generation of Africans who are not only consumers of global musical currents, but also active and creative participants. Eric Charry and an international group of contributors look carefully at youth culture and the explosion of hip hop in Africa, the embrace of other contemporary genres, including reggae, ragga, and gospel music, and the continued vitality of drumming. Covering Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and South Africa, this volume offers unique perspectives on the presence and development of hip hop and other music in Africa and their place in global music culture.
All authors’ royalties earned from the sales of this book will be donated to a nongovernmental organization (NGO) working to improve the lives of young Africans through music or dance. The recipient in our first year of publication (2012-2013) will be Breakdance Project Uganda.
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Book cover photo credits: Ugandan B-Boy Abdul Kinyenya, founding member of Breakdance Project Uganda; crowd at performance of Senegalese hip hop group Tigrim-Bi (Dakar, 2010). Photos by Magee McIlvaine.
“a welcome addition to the growing scholarly literature on African hip-hop music and cultures. It joins other groundbreaking work like Khalil Saucier’s Native Tongues: The African Hip-hop Reader (2011) in giving readers and scholars alike an overview of the continent’s burgeoning hip-hop cultures, from their inception in the 1980s to the present. . . . a welcome addition to the literature on popular culture and music in Africa. Readers will especially appreciate the contextualitzation of hip-hop music within a wider popular cultural context on the continent, and further, engage with the useful points raised regarding the idea that hip-hop made a ‘return trip back to the motherland’ . . . The extensive bibliography in this collection will also offer the most voracious reader and researcher of hip-hop a large source for more data . . . offers rich historical material in understanding the historicity of hip-hop music in Africa.” (Journal of African Cultural Studies, 2013)
“an impressive collection of case studies from prominent ethnomusicologists and anthropologists . . . addresses the new frontiers and expressive cultural routes of hip hop, emphasizing the linguistic and cultural diversity that African urbanites have brought to bear on this global art form. . . . recommended for scholars and students with an interest in contemporary African popular culture and urbanism. Given the breadth of its content, it will be a particularly useful resource for graduate and undergraduate courses on global hip hop, African popular music, and urban African culture.” (Research in African Literatures, 2013)
“impressively details hip hop’s evolution throughout Africa . . . [and] presents important arguments in African hip hop scholarship, including discussions on African hip hop’s linkages with US hip hop, and debates over authenticity and imitation. . . . . The authors in the volume provide extensive background information on hip hop’s evolution throughout Africa . . . much of the volume’s strength lies in its examination of local hip hop scenes . . . a good look urban music in Africa . . . a solid contribution to scholarship on African hip hop. (African Studies Quarterly, 2013)