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.