Halifu Osumare

“The Poetics and Politics of Ghanaian Hiplife: Hip-Hop in West Africa”

Halifu Osumare is Associate Professor and Director of African American & African Studies at University of California, Davis. She has been involved with dance and black popular culture internationally for over thirty years as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, administrator, and scholar. As a scholar she was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar, teaching at the University of Ghana, Legon’s Department of Dance Studies, conducting research on the effects of hip-hop culture in the capital city of Accra. Her second book The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) is the result. Her first book, The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves (2007) established her as one of the foremost authorities on hip-hop internationally. Having taught and researched in Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria, her work has spanned traditional African performance and ritual to contemporary African American dance and performance.