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In Hip Hop Time: Music, Memory, and Social Change in Urban Senegal

Catherine M. Appert


In Hip Hop Time goes beyond popular narratives of hip hop resistance to address Senegalese hip hop—Rap Galsen—as a musical movement deeply tied to indigenous performance practices and changing social norms in a modernizing Africa. This is a story of globalization, of diasporic movement and memory, of an imagined African past and contemporary African realities, of urbanization and socioeconomic struggle, and of the relationship between popular music and social change. The book takes readers from Senegalese hip hop’s beginnings among cosmopolitan youth in Dakar’s affluent neighborhoods in the 19 ... More

Keywords: hip hop, Senegal, Dakar, globalization, diaspora, memory, myth, ethnography, African hip hop, Rap Galsen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190913489
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190913489.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine M. Appert, author
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Cornell University

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