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Highlife Saturday Night: Popular Music and Social Change in Urban Ghana (African Expressive Cultures)

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Highlife Saturday Night captures the vibrancy of Saturday nights in Ghana--when musicians took to the stage and dancers took to the floor--in this penetrating look at musical leisure during a time of social, political, and cultural change. Framing dance band "highlife" music as a central medium through which Ghanaians negotiated gendered and generational social relations, Nate Plageman shows how popular music was central to the rhythm of daily life in a West African nation. He traces the history of highlife in urban Ghana during much of the 20th century and documents a range of figures that fueled the music's emergence, evolution, and explosive popularity. This book is generously enhanced by audiovisual material on the Ethnomusicology Multimedia website.

About the Author

Nate Plageman is Assistant Professor of History at Wake Forest University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Ethnomusicology Multimedia Series Preface

Introduction: The Historical Importance of Urban Ghana's Saturday Nights

1. Popular Music, Political Authority, and Social Possibilities in the Southern Gold Coast, 1890-1940

2. The Making of a Middle Class: Urban Social Clubs and the Evolution of Highlife Music, 1915-1940

3. The Friction on the Floor: Negotiating Nightlife in Accra, 1940-1960

4. "The Highlife was Born in Ghana": Politics, Culture, and the Making of a National Music, 1950-1965

5. "We Were the Ones Who Composed the Songs": The Promises and Pitfalls of Being a Bandsman, 1945-1970

Epilogue

Glossary

Notes

Discography

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253007292
Author:
Plageman, Nathan
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
Plageman, Nate
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Africa; African Studies; Anthropology; Ethnomusicology; History; Music; Popular Music and Jazz
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
African Expressive Cultures
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 bandw illus.
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in

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