My doctoral thesis explores the influence of Hindi film songs in Tamale, Northern Ghana from the mid-twentieth century to present. I show how Hindi film songs are situated within discourses of gender, religiosity, and morality in the city. To do so, I follow the historical and contemporary ways that these songs have been adapted and repurposed in a variety of contexts in daily life, including their continued use as film song melodies in the Dagbani film industry, as lullabies and work songs in the domestic sphere, and as praise songs in Tijani Islamic school mawlid performances. This thesis further contributes to the study of the transnational circulation of Hindi film songs, charting patterns of distribution and exhibition of Hindi films throughout Ghana. I examine histories of Lebanese, Syrian, and Sindhi film distributors and cinema owners who made Hindi films widely available in the country.
I am interested in the study of music, media, and the performing arts in West Africa. At present, my research is concerned with the ways that mobile phones shape Islamic soundscapes in majority Muslim West African cities and neighbourhoods. I am also interested in the preservation of tape cassettes as a valuable historical source in West Africa.