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By Kwasi Konadu

In his groundbreaking research of the Akan diaspora, Kwasi Konadu demonstrates how this cultural workforce originating in West Africa either engaged in and went past the frequent diasporic topics of maroonage, resistance, and freedom. among the 16th and 19th centuries, the Akan by no means shaped a majority between different Africans within the Americas. yet their management talents in struggle and political association, efficacy in medicinal plant use and non secular perform, and tradition archived within the musical traditions, language, and styles of African diasporic lifestyles some distance outweighed their sheer numbers. Konadu argues composite Akan tradition calibrated among the Gold Coast and wooded area fringe made the contributions of the Akan diaspora attainable. The ebook examines the Akan event in Guyana, Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados, former Danish and Dutch colonies, and North the United States, and the way these early reviews foreground the trendy engagement and flow of diasporic Africans and Akan humans among Ghana and North the US. finding the Akan variable within the African diasporic equation permits students and scholars of the Americas to raised know how the diasporic cover got here to be and continues to be evolving.

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