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Title:Popular performance and culture in Ghana: the past 50 years
Author:Collins, John
Periodical:Ghana Studies (ISSN 1536-5514)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:popular music
music history
Abstract:Focusing on Ghana, the author examines contemporary African culture from the mid-20th century onwards through the lens of the popular arts. He divides his discussion of the development of Ghanaian popular performance and its associated culture, fashions and youth movements from the immediate post-war and early independence era until the present into six time periods: the Second World War; the rise of mass nationalist parties; the early independence era; the introduction from the 1960s of Western 'pop' culture (rock 'n' roll, soul, disco, ska and reggae); the late 1970s/1980s collapse of the Ghanaian commercial music industry and consequent creation of new genres (local techno-pop, hip-hop and gospel); and finally the impact of globalization since the 1990s. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]