Language, Rhythm, & Sound: Black Popular Cultures into the Twenty-first Century / Edition 1

Language, Rhythm, & Sound: Black Popular Cultures into the Twenty-first Century / Edition 1

by Joseph K. Adjaye
     
 

Focusing on expressions of popular culture among blacks in Africa, the United States, and the Carribean this collection of multidisciplinary essays takes on subjects long overdue for study.  Fifteen essays cover a world of topics, from American girls’ Double Dutch games to protest discourse in Ghana; from Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale

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Focusing on expressions of popular culture among blacks in Africa, the United States, and the Carribean this collection of multidisciplinary essays takes on subjects long overdue for study.  Fifteen essays cover a world of topics, from American girls’ Double Dutch games to protest discourse in Ghana; from Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale to the work of Zora Neale Hurston; from South African workers to Just Another Girl on the IRT; from the history of Rasta to the evolving significance of kente clothl from rap video music to hip-hop to zouk.

The contributors work through the prisms of many disciplines, including anthropology, communications, English, ethnomusicology, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political economy, psychology, and social work.  Their interpretive approaches place the many voices of popular black cultures into a global context.  It affirms that black culture everywhere functions to give meaning to people’s lives by constructing identities that resist cultural, capitolist, colonial, and postcolonial domination.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822956204
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
02/27/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Popular Culture and the Black Experience1
2The Discourse of Kente Cloth: From Haute Couture to Mass Culture23
3Sarbeeb: The Art of Oblique Communication in Somali Culture40
4Nana Ampadu, the Sung-Tale Metaphor, and Protest Discourse in Contemporary Ghana54
5Using Afrikan Proverbs to Provide an Afrikan-Centered Narrative for Contemporary Afrikan-American Parental Values74
6The Frustrated Project of Soul in the Drama of Ed Bullins90
7Of Mules and Men and Men and Women: The Ritual of Talking B[l]ack109
8Debunking the Beauty Myth with Black Pop Culture in Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale121
9A Womanist Turn on the Hip-Hop Theme: Leslie Harris's Just Another Girl on the IRT134
10Translating Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop: The Musical Vernacular of Black Girls' Play146
11The Language Culture of Rap Music Videos164
12The Sound of Culture: Dread Discourse and Jamaican Sound Systems185
13"An-Ba-Chen'n La" (Chained Together): The Landscape of Kassav's Zouk203
14Mas' in Broklyn: Immigration, Race, and the Cultural Politics of Carnival221
15Popular Music, Appropriation, and the Circular Culture of Labor Migration in Southern Africa: The Case of South Africa and Malawi241
16Cultural Survivalisms and Marketplace Subversions: Black Popular Culture and Politics into the Twenty-first Century259
Notes275
References293
Contributors311
Index315

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