Hip Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers

Cover image is South African hip hop artist Kanyi Mavi.

This site features a range of resources that serve as companion resources to the book Hip Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers by Msia Kibona Clark, published by Ohio University Press (May 2018).

The book is an examination of hip hop as form of cultural representation in Africa. The book looks at the emergence of hip hop culture, and the fact that the history of hip hop in Africa has greatly influenced its use to represent marginalized voices, social movements, and identities. The presentation of counter narratives in African hip hop contributes to our understandings of culture and politics in Africa. The book takes a constructivist approach to cultural representation, arguing that cultural representations construct our understanding of society. In this sense, the hip hop culture produced by African artists helps to construct our understanding of politics, human rights, gender, migration, and identity.

The book includes several color images of hip hop culture around Africa.

The book features a foreword by Dr. Quentin Williams, Senior Lecturer of Linguistics at University of Western Cape in South Africa. Dr. Williams is a respected well known scholar of South African hip hop. His work specializes in the relationship between language and identity in South African hip hop.

The book features an afterword by Dr. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. Dr. Ampofo is the former Director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana and is an internationally known African feminist scholar who has written extensively on gender socialization and African feminist thought.

It was important to have contributions for the book from scholars in diverse fields, but whose work is closely related to the book. Themes of language and identity, and gender and sexuality, are woven throughout the book. It was honor to have contributions from Dr. Williams and Dr. Ampofo, who were the first and only scholars I approached for contributions.

This evolving companion site features resources, by chapter, that provide

  • Links to audio/visual material
  • Links to relevant material
  • Information on relevant scholarship
  • Discussion questions

Chapter Overview

Information on artists mentioned in the book

 

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