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By Kwasi Konadu

In his groundbreaking examine of the Akan diaspora, Kwasi Konadu demonstrates how this cultural team originating in West Africa either engaged in and went past the regular diasporic issues 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 abilities in warfare 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 a long way outweighed their sheer numbers. Konadu argues composite Akan tradition calibrated among the Gold Coast and woodland fringe made the contributions of the Akan diaspora attainable. The e-book examines the Akan adventure in Guyana, Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados, former Danish and Dutch colonies, and North the US, and the way these early stories foreground the fashionable 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 higher know the way the diasporic cover got here to be and remains to be evolving.

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