Highlife Saturday Night: Popular Music and Social Change in Urban Ghana (Paperback)

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780253007292
ISBN-10: 0253007291
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: December 19th, 2012
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: African Expressive Cultures