Highlife is Ghana’s most important modern home grown dance-music that has its roots in traditional music infused with outside influences coming from Europe and the Americas. Although the word ‘highlife’ was not coined until the 1920s, its origins can be traced back to the regimental brass bands, elite-dance orchestras and maritime guitar and accordion groups of the late 19th and very early 20th centuries. Highlife is, therefore, one of Africa’s earliest popular music genres.
The book traces the origins of highlife music to the present – and include information on palmwine music, adaha brass bands, concert party guitar bands and dance bands, right up to off-shoots such as Afro-rock, Afrobeat, burger highlife, gospel highlife, hiphop highlife (i.e. hiplife) and contemporary highlife.
The book also includes chapters on the traditional background or roots of highlife, the entrance of women into the Ghanaian highlife profession and the biographies of numerous Ghanaian (and some Nigerian) highlife musicians, composers and producers. It also touches on the way highlife played a role in Ghana’s independence struggle and the country’s quest for a national – and indeed Pan-African – identity.
The book also provides information on music styles that are related to highlife, or can be treated as cousins of highlife, such as the maringa of Sierra Leone, the early guitar styles of Liberia, the juju music of Nigeria the makossa of the Cameroon/ It also touches on the popular music of Ghana’s Francophone neighbours.
There is also a section on the Black Diasporic input into highlife, through to the impact of African American and Caribbean popular music styles like calypsos, jazz, soul, reggae, disco, hiphop and rap and dancehall. that have been integrated into the highlife fold. Thus, highlife has not only influenced other African countries but is also an important cultural bridge uniting the peoples of Africa and its Diaspora.₵130.00₵130.00Quick View
This book is a rare legacy for the nation, art connoisseurs and people who love to know more about the various values of Ghanaian Art.
Kofi Antubam was an eminent artist who taught Art and Crafts at the Achimota School in the 50’s and early 60’s. He was born in 1922 and died at the age of 42 in 1964.
This book, “Kofi Antubam and the myth around Ghana’s Presidential Seat” does not only enlighten the reader on the late Antubam’s great exploits [e.g. designing of the Presidential Seat, State Sword, State Mace and many State Monuments] but also shows their cultural and aesthetic values, and outline the myths and functions of Ghanaian traditional Art as incorporated in his works.
Kofi Antubam who almost single-handedly placed Ghanaian art on the world map during his life time has been a forgotten hero since his death. Apart from the various prizes he won in different art competitions, he gave lectures at several conferences, both at home and abroad on various humanistic and aesthetic topics.
Thirty years after his death, two elderly carvers emerged from nowhere to claim that Kofi Antubam contracted them to carve the Presidential Seat but did not pay them.
The 128-page power-packed book on creativity searches for the truth. Who are the true carvers of the Presidential Seat?
The author spent three years researching this book.₵23.00Quick View
Since 2016, Nuku Studio and Noorderlicht (House of Photography in The Netherlands) have been collaborating on the project “Northern Ghana Life” (working title). 11 Ghanaian and international photographers have made a visual documentation of the society and landscape of Northern Ghana, as part of a research project with four universities, including University of Ghana in Legon and the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Wa and Tamale and six PhD students who conducted research into the society and history of Northern Ghana, specifically on two peoples: the Dagomba and the Gonja.
The project results in the launch of a book and an exhibition in September 2018 as part of Nuku Photo Festival Ghana, the country’s first festival for photographic encounters, exchanges, and story-telling.
“Northern Ghana has rarely been the subject of collaborative photographic research, and in a historical and a photographic sense we may even go as far as to call it a terra incognita. The stories by the photographers invite us to explore the diverse and dynamic region that is Northern Ghana. They provide a visual interpretation of a largely undocumented landscape, and document its current state-of-affairs for future generations,” says Nii Obodai, Founder of Nuku Studio and Director of Nuku Photo Festival.
The photography project is in collaboration with an academic project involving four universities (University of Ghana in Legon, University of Development Studies in Wa and Tamale, Leiden University and University of Groningen, The Netherlands), and six PhD students who conducted research into the society and history of Northern Ghana, specifically on two peoples: the Dagomba and the Gonja.
The works of photographers Abdulai Adam (Ghana), Dennis Akuoku-Frimpong (Ghana), Geoffrey Buta (Ghana), Peter DiCampo (USA), Eric Gyamfi (Ghana), Francis Kokoroko (Ghana), Benedicte Kurzen (France), Gerard Nartey (Ghana), Seton Nicholas (Ghana), Nii Obodai (Ghana), and Patrick Willocq (France) in this book allow a nuanced and visually dynamic photographic insight into the richness, beauty, and uniqueness of the region.₵180.00₵180.00Quick View
Celebrate a milestone in American history:
The election of President Barack Obama
Yes, he did! When Barack Obama became president-elect on November 4, 2008, he transformed Martin’s Luther King’s dream into reality. Obama, and the 66.3 million Americans who voted for him, proved to the world that all things are possible. And the day after, people from coast to coast lined up to buy newspapers as souvenirs. The demand was unprecedented, with stands and stores quickly selling out: USA Today sold an extra 380,000 copies, while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution went back to print five times.
Now, everyone can own a piece of history, thanks to this gorgeous commemorative album of front pages that capture Barack Obama’s extraordinary journey to the White House. Featuring newspapers both domestic and foreign, and depicting all the landmarks in this groundbreaking campaign—including the inauguration—Obama is a stunning keepsake for all who experienced this remarkable moment…and future generations, too.
• The only book to feature five historic speeches as well as front pages of three significant moments: when Obama won the Democratic nomination; when he became the first African-American elected president; and when he was sworn in
• Includes the historic speech “A More Perfect Union,” delivered at Constitution Hall,
Philadelphia, March 18, 2008
· Includes newspapers from both America and around the world, with pull quotes and translations of foreign headlines
· Stunning photos from the nomination and election plus original images of the inauguration shot especially for this book
• An introduction by Howard Dodson, director of the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library₵80.00Quick View
Six Strings and a Note is a compelling and relevant portrait of the artistic life of Daniel Kwabena Boa Amponsah, known around the world by his stage name, Koo Nimo. Written with a curiosity, simplicity, and a keen memory for detail, the book takes us on a journey through Koo Nimo’s work as an artist, and also as a man with a deep affection for his culture.
From the quiet Ghanaian village where he grew up, to the popular concert halls, leading international universities and renowned institutions, Koo Nimo’s life is nearly a century of extraordinary subplots to a story of hope, determination, and a boundless love for guitar music.
Celebrated in his native Ghana for his infusion of traditional motifs into mainstream music, and his influence on the Addadam music styles and palm-wine guitar, Koo Nimo unveiled Asante culture to audiences all over the world.
A fine blend of a vivid recollection of a memoir and an authenticity woven into a biography to give the reader a richer encounter with Koo Nimo’s life lessons, challenges, and successes through his life and work.
A father, a poet, a folk musician, a teacher, and a philosopher, Koo Nimo would say, “I did not set out to become another [Andres] Segovia. All I have is my culture, my story and my song, and I have to do my best for the sake of a generation who will be listening and learning long after I am gone.”
A must-read for all international music enthusiasts.₵80.00Quick View
IDEO, the widely admired, award-winning design and development firm that brought the world the Apple mouse, Polaroid’s I-Zone instant camera, the Palm V, and hundreds of other cutting-edge products and services, reveals its secrets for fostering a culture and process of continuous innovation.
There isn’t a business in America that doesn’t want to be more creative in its thinking, products, and processes. At many companies, being first with a concept and first to market are critical just to survive. In The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley, general manager of the Silicon Valley based design firm IDEO, takes readers behind the scenes of this wildly imaginative and energized company to reveal the strategies and secrets it uses to turn out hit after hit.
IDEO doesn’t buy into the myth of the lone genius working away in isolation, waiting for great ideas to strike. Kelley believes everyone can be creative, and the goal at his firm is to tap into that wellspring of creativity in order to make innovation a way of life. How does it do that? IDEO fosters an atmosphere conducive to freely expressing ideas, breaking the rules, and freeing people to design their own work environments. IDEO’s focus on teamwork generates countless breakthroughs, fueled by the constant give-and-take among people ready to share ideas and reap the benefits of the group process. IDEO has created an intense, quick-turnaround, brainstorm-and-build process dubbed “the Deep Dive.”
In entertaining anecdotes, Kelley illustrates some of his firm’s own successes (and joyful failures), as well as pioneering efforts at other leading companies. The book reveals how teams research and immerse themselves in every possible aspect of a new product or service, examining it from the perspective of clients, consumers, and other critical audiences.
Kelley takes the reader through the IDEO problem-solving method:
> Carefully observing the behavior or “anthropology” of the people who will be using a product or service
> Brainstorming with high-energy sessions focused on tangible results
> Quickly prototyping ideas and designs at every step of the way
> Cross-pollinating to find solutions from other fields
> Taking risks, and failing your way to success
> Building a “Greenhouse” for innovation
IDEO has won more awards in the last ten years than any other firm of its kind, and a full half-hour Nightline presentation of its creative process received one of the show’s highest ratings. The Art of Innovation will provide business leaders with the insights and tools they need to make their companies the leading-edge, top-rated stars of their industries.₵60.00Quick View
The Hand Book is a collection of photographic stories of hands working, playing and creating. It invites readers to think about the beauty and power of our hands to labor, love, express and hold memory. Photographs by Susan Elise Wilcox, artist, educator and cultural ethnographer. She has designed for arts, fashion, communication and educational institutions; directed youth organizations that include international studies and rites of passage.₵15.00₵15.00Quick View
A virtual album of BeBe Winans’ treasured memories of his friend and “sister,” Whitney Houston.
In the years between the first time BeBe Winans and Whitney Houston met in 1985, to the day he delivered the tribute that touched a watching nation at Houston’s funeral, a deep and unique friendship bloomed and thrived. They considered each other family in the truest sense of the word.
Now this very personal collection of remembrances offers us a seat at the table during Whitney’s most unguarded moments. Here we see her in all her quirky, passionate, fiercely loyal glory though the eyes of her “brother”, BeBe.
For most of her public life, Whitney Houston was a mystery. In The Whitney I Knew, Winans has given us a wonderful gift—the gift of understanding. From profoundly moving personal moments to eye-opening accounts of triumph to the heartbreaking realities that led to her ultimate defeat, the untold stories are intimately woven throughout this book—along with online video links to behind-the-scenes moments, highlights of her career, and never-before-seen video of Whitney. Also included is an extensive photo section from BeBe’s personal collection.₵50.00Quick View