Highlife Saturday Night by Nathan Plageman
(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 Nathan Plageman

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Nate Plageman is Assistant Professor of History at Wake Forest University.
 
Published December 19, 2012 by Indiana University Press. 336 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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