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Living the Hiplife


Living the Hiplife is a musical portrait of street life in urban West Africa. It follows the birth of Hiplife music in Accra, Ghana, a mix of various African musical forms and American hip hop. Archival footage and hip hop music videos are remixed with interviews and the daily lives of rap artists. We follow Reggie Rockstone, the Godfather of Hiplife and founder of the musical movement, as well as the Mobile Boys, a group of aspiring rap artists, as they try to make it in the music business. With humor and personality these characters move across the political and musical landscape of urban Ghana. Narration by the film's producer, Jesse Shipley, Haverford College's Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Faculty Discussant:
Bob Rehak, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Science Center 199

Sponsored by Swarthmore College's Black Studies, Film and Media Studies, and the Swarthmore College Library