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Musical Violence: Gangsta Rap and Politics in Sierra Leone
The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Hip Hop has become a global force in recent years. However, when taken up by youth outside its American birthplace, it is often dismissed as a shallow adaptation or imitation of American popular culture. However, its global popularity cannot be questioned, and its proliferation is aided by its adaptability to local contexts. It has become associated with an emergent youth political identity in many parts of the world, a result of its ability to embody rebellious youth energy. Hip Hop is a new global lingua franca for youth rebellion that exists beyond the boundaries of the state, and is aided by the emergence of the internet and accompanying communications technologies. Analysis of the political ramifications of Hip Hop in West African societies is vital to gaining a true sense of what democracy means in the local context. This paper focuses on the West African country of Sierra Leone, and explores how youth participation in Hip Hop there is a radical political project.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2013. , 64 p.
Current African issues, ISSN 0280-2171 ; 52
Keyword [en]
Sierra Leone, Youth, Popular music, Politics, Social change, Cultural identity
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1761ISBN: 978-91-7106-734-0OAI: diva2:618529
Available from: 2013-04-29 Created: 2013-04-24 Last updated: 2015-11-11Bibliographically approved

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