Hip Hop Ukraine

Hip Hop Ukraine

Music, Race, and African Migration
Helbig, Adriana N.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/07/2014
Format: Paperback 16 b&w illus., 18 video, 4 audio
ISBN: 978-0-253-01204-3
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In Hip Hop Ukraine, we enter a world of urban music and dance competitions, hip hop parties, and recording studio culture to explore unique sites of interracial encounters among African students, African immigrants, and local populations in eastern Ukraine. Adriana N. Helbig combines ethnographic research with music, media, and policy analysis to examine how localized forms of hip hop create social and political spaces where an interracial youth culture can speak to issues of human rights and racial equality. She maps the complex trajectories of musical influence—African, Soviet, American—to show how hip hop has become a site of social protest in post-socialist society and a vehicle for social change.

Author Bio

Adriana N. Helbig is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh and an affiliated faculty member in Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Global Studies, and at the Center for Russian and East European Studies. She is author (with Oksana Buranbaeva and Vanja Mladineo) of The Culture and Customs of Ukraine.


A well-conceived study of the role and significance of hip hop in Ukraine. It joins the ranks of other very timely chronicles on the impact of hip hop in various societies around the world.

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Table of Contents

Ethnomusicology Multimedia Series Preface

1. Music and Black Identity in the Soviet Union
2. Music and Black Experiences in Post-Soviet Ukraine
3. Commercial and Underground Hip Hop in Ukraine
4. Afro-Ukrainian Hip Hop Fusion
5. Hip Hop in Uganda


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