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Tsitsi Ella Jaji

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936373.001.0001

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“Soul to Soul”

“Soul to Soul”

Echolocating Histories of Slavery and Freedom from Ghana

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(p.147) 5 “Soul to Soul”
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Africa in Stereo
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Tsitsi Ella Jaji

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936373.003.0005

Drawing on the metaphor of echo-location, this chapter considers the ‘Black Atlantic’ as constituted by the historical and memorializing narratives of the Middle Passage. The chapter discusses how Aidoo, Anyidoho and.Opoku-Agyemang engage with African Americans residing in/visiting Ghana and address traumatic legacies of slavery. The chapter compares the vision of diaspora in work by these Ghanaian writers with the documentary of Soul to Soul, a 1971 collaborative performance in Accra by Tina Turner, Roberta Flack and others, and non-fiction works by African Americans including Maya Angelou and Saidiya Hartman. This chapter considers how documentaries, sound recording/reproduction, echo, and commemorative poetry exist on a continuum that gives rise to a theory of memory and its limits when confronting historical loss.

Keywords:   slavery, Ghana, echo, documentary, poetry, diaspora, Anyidoho, Opoku-Agyemang, Aidoo, tourism

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