Youth and Popular Culture in Africa: Media, Music, and Politics [Hardback]

Paul Ugor(Editor); Bamba Ndiaye(Contributor); David Kerr(Contributor); Ty-Juana Taylor(Contributor); Ibrahim Bangura(Contributor)

ISBN: 9781648250248 | Published by: University of Rochester Press | Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora | Volume: 92 | Year of Publication: 2021 | 336p, H6 x W9,
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Youth and Popular Culture in Africa


This edited collection focuses on the links between youth and African popular culture. Contributions by a distinguished group of scholars explore popular culture produced and consumed by young people in contemporary Africa. Essays cover a variety of cultural representations - visual, oral, written, performative, fictional, social, and virtual - created by African youth, mostly about their lives and their immediate societies, and for themselves, but also consumed by the larger public, and shared locally and globally. The volume examines the music, art, and media productions African youth produce, under what conditions or contexts they produce such work, the aesthetic dimensions of these texts as cultural artifacts, and why these textual practices matter as social facts, as interpretive acts, and as cultural symbols of the general cultural activism of young people in a rapidly changing world, a world where the global cultural economy is the prime terrain for the relentless struggles over the meanings that come to shape political-economic and social systems.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Youth, Media, and Popular Arts Culture in Contemporary Africa
-Paul Ugor, Illinois State University

Media Globalization, Popular Afro Hip-Hop and Postcolonial Political Critique

1. Hip-Hop, Civic Awareness and Anti-Establishment Politics in Senegal: The Rise of the Y'en a marre Movement-Bamba Ndiaye, University of Louisville, Kentucky

2. Rapping, Imagination and Urban Space in Dar es Salaam-David Kerr, University of Birmingham

3. Entertainers & Breadwinners: Music in the Lives of Street Children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire-Ty-Juana Taylor, University of California, Los Angeles

4. Young People, Music, and Socio-Political Change in Post-War Sierra Leone-Ibrahim Bangura, University of Sierra Leone.

5. The Politics of Pleasure in Nigerian Afrobeats -Paul Ugor, Illinois State University

Popular Online Media and Democratic Participation and Engagement

6. The Regeneration of Play: Popular Culture as Infra-politics on Instagram-James Yeku, University of Kansas, Lawrence

7. "This is very embarrassing and insulting": Flash Fiction Ghana and Transgressive Writing-Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, University of Ghana, Legon

8.Queering Ugandan Popular Culture(s): Luganda Pop and "Un-African" Sexualities-Austin Bryan, Northwestern University, Evanston

9. Twitter, Youth Agency, and New Narratives of Power in #RhodesMustFall-Jendele Hungbo, Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria

10. Resisting Political Oppression: Youth and Social Media in Zimbabwe-Godfrey Maringira, Sol Plaatje Universit & Simbarashe Gukurume, Great Zimbabwe University
Popular Arts, Everyday Life and the Politicization of Culture
11. Dressing en Style: Fashion and Fandom in Niger-Adeline Masquelier, Tulane University, New Orleans
12. The Revolution Lost: Generational Change and Urban Youth Logics in Conakry's Dance Music-Adrienne Cohen, Colorado State University
13. Culture Players & Poly-Ticks: Botswana Youth, Popular Culture Practices & Resonances-Connie Rapoo, University of Botswana
14. 'Born Free': it's cute, but it's a lie': #FeesMustFall and Youth Deconstruction of South Africa's Liberation Narrative-Kristi Heather Kenyon, Juliana Coughlin and David Bosc, University of Winnipeg
15. Afterword: Young People and the Future of African Worlds-Nadine Dolby, Purdue University

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