Folklore | Music in African Life
F301 | 26078 | Reed

Meets with FOLK-F 609.  An extraordinary diversity of cultural and
musical expression exists in Africa.  This course will survey that
diversity, focusing on ways Africans create, perform, think about
and use music in their lives.   We will study select regional styles
of music in Africa while attending to translocal, transnational, and
global cultural and musical exchanges in which Africans
participate.  We will explore traditional and popular musics in
relationship to social and historical contexts, music’s profound
interlinkages with other arts, performers’ roles, musical
instruments, aesthetics, music and politics, music and religion,
music and identity, and other issues central to the scholarship of
music in Africa.   Students will be required to complete a midterm
exam that includes listening and essay questions, as well as a paper
on a topic to be chosen in consultation with the instructor.