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New Music Concepts 2016 (Hong Kong)

The Dynamics of Music - Making in Dagomba Society Transformation Processes in African music

Part of the New Music Concepts book series (NMC volume 3)
ISBN: 978-88-6551-221-0

Author(s): Dominik Phyfferoen

Abstract: The music-dance culture of Dagbon, in Northern Ghana, functions in symbioses with social, religious and traditional political structures of each Dagomba community, and is linked to the extended family clans. In this part of Africa, music, dance, sound, movement, and sentiment are strongly connected to each other, often through rituals and annual festivals. The dynamics of music making in Northern Ghana is currently characterized by a transformation and hybridization process between traditional and popular urban music making. This leads to new intercultural dynamics and cultural identities between Hiplife, contemporary Highlife, a reggae revival, Bollywoodish and Nollywood’s influences and in particular “The Sahelian Factor“ in music making.

Keywords: the African idiom in music, the Sahelian Factor in music making, transformation processes, the Hiplife Zone