From the organizers of this worthwhile project:
Despite all challenges to arts funding and public radio, Afropop’s Hip Deep marches on. The NEH grant we won this past summer continues a great new tradition for the series we began in 2011: combining scholarship with original field work.
Next month, we will travel to Ghana to research two crucial new episodes for the Hip Deep series, one focused on the 1960s and 70s—the “pre-Afrobeat” era, and one dealing with the complexities of the contemporary scene in Accra. The two stories bookend the history of post-independence Ghana with narratives told through fascinating, and radically different, musical genres.
Today, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise badly needed field funds for this project. The NEH is funding production for these programs, but not the field work. We have received donated air tickets, and are taking steps to minimize our on-the-ground costs, but we still have a way to go to meet even our bare-bones budget. So as we did with our ground-breaking, five-part Egypt series, we are reaching out to supporters: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/afropop/from-afro-funk-to-hiplife-ghana-reinvented-through
The campaign lasts one month. But the early days are crucial to establish momentum and ensure success. Even small gifts help our numbers and encourage others to get involved.