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Highlife Saturday Night

Popular Music and Social Change in Urban Ghana

by Nathan Plageman

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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.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication Date:
2012

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Nathan Plageman (Author)

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

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