Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa

Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa : Ni Wakati

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This book examines social change in Africa through the lens of hip hop music and culture. Artists engage their African communities in a variety of ways that confront established social structures, using coded language and symbols to inform, question, and challenge. Through lyrical expression, dance, and graffiti, hip hop is used to challenge social inequality and to push for social change. The study looks across Africa and explores how hip hop is being used in different places, spaces, and moments to foster change. In this edited work, authors from a wide range of fields, including history, sociology, African and African American studies, and political science explore the transformative impact that hip hop has had on African youth, who have in turn emerged to push for social change on the continent. The powerful moment in which those that want change decide to consciously and collectively take a stand is rooted in an awareness that has much to do with time. Therefore, the book centers on African hip hop around the context of "it's time" for change, Ni Wakati.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 147.32 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 20 Halftones, black and white
  • 0739193295
  • 9780739193297
  • 2,279,595

Table of contents

1. Introduction by Msia Kibona Clark and Mickie Mwanzia Koster Part I: "Social Ills": Coming from Behind the Microphone to Effect Reform in Africa 2. Hip-Hop Halisi: Continuities of Heroism on the African Political Landscape, Caroline Mose 3. Building Our Nation: Senegalese Hip Hop Artists as Agents of Social and Political Change, Sheba Lo 4. Speaking Truth to Power: Hip-Hop and the African Awakening, Amentahru Wahlrab Essay 1 English. "Malian Hip Hop: Social Engagement through Music," Amkoullel L'enfant Peulh Part II: "The Dusty Foot Philosopher": Hip Hop Voices on Social Change in Africa Essay 2. "How Hip Hop Impacts Social Change in Africa," Malle Marxist 5. Redefining the Struggle: Remembering the Mau Mau through Hip-Hop Music, Mich Nyawalo 6. Khoi Hop: Hip Hop, Youth Activism and the Dilemma of Coloured Identity in South Africa, Shaheen Ariefdien and Rico Chapman 7. Beyond "Y'en a Marre": Pikine's Hip Hop Youth Say "Enough is Enough" and Pave the Way for Continuous Social Change, Asligul Berktay 8. Gender representations among Tanzanian female emcees, Msia Kibona Clark Essay 3. "Hip-Hop and social change in Uganda" by Slim MC Part III: "Adjuma": Hip Hop's Transformation of the Urban Space in Africa Essay 4. "Tanzanian MCs vs. Social Discourse," Mejah Mbuya 9. From The Great Island To The African Continent Through The Western World: Itineraries Of A "Return To The Origins" Through Hip Hop Music In Madagascar (2000-2011), Klara Boyer-Rossol 10. The Musicscapes of a Country in Transition: Cultural Identity, Youth Agency, The Emergent Hip Hop Culture and the Quest for Socio-Political Change in Sierra Leone, John Idriss Lahai 11. Hip-hop and Sheng in Nairobi - Creating Identity Markers and Expressing a Lifestyle, Katharina Greven Afterword: "Reflections on Ni Wakati: Hip Hop and the Revolution," Kamau Ngigi (Kama of Kalamashaka)
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In recent years, several books have been published concerning African hip-hop, including Eric Charry's Hip-hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World (2012) and Mwenda Ntarangwi's East African Hip-hop: Youth Culture and Globalization. While these books tackle some aspects of the societal implications of the music genre, they tend to focus on globalization, youth culture, or the music alone. The work under review is sharply focused on a critical examination of hip-hop and social change, whether by political and social commentary or by actually changing traditions and behavior. Furthermore, the book is unique in that it blends essays written by scholars as well as by some African hip-hop artists themselves, which allows for an exploration of the topic from both academic and firsthand perspectives...The essays are thoughtful, insightful, and well written. All academic libraries with substantive African studies and/or world music collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. CHOICE This story of hip-hop in Africa, as heard from the voices of artists, activists and academics, is a crucially important work on the history and politics of the African contribution to the global hip hop movement. Instead of acting as passive observers to or victims of government corruption, poverty, police brutality, gender discrimination, and exploitation by the hands of multinational corporations, African hip hop artists are acting as rebel agents of change in their local communities. By calling into question the triumph of neo-liberal economic policies, Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa has given us an insightful and comprehensive analysis on how hip hop speaks truth to power and oppression. -- Seth Markle, Trinity College Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati positively broadens our understanding of hip hop on the continent. It shows how hip hop in its spoken, written, and visual form has created outlets for Africans north-south and east-west to recognize, perceive, understand, and respond to the problems of the twenty-first century. In short, Clark and Koster bring together important contributions from scholars and artists that illustrate the pan-African force that is hip hop. -- P. Khalil Saucier, Rhode Island College
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About Mickie Mwanzia Koster

Msia Kibona Clark is assistant professor of Pan African studies at California State University. Mickie Mwanzia Koster is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Tyler.
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