Folklore | West African Music
F301 | 23621 | Reed


Throughout history and up to the present day, West Africans have
created a broad range of compelling musical styles.  This class will
endeavor to understand music as a part of a larger complex of arts
in the aesthetic expression of West African peoples.  Students will
examine the fabric of performance where singing, dancing,
instrumental performance, visual and verbal display interact in
elastic and sometimes unexpected ways.  They will be expected to
develop an understanding of stylistic characteristics of West
African musical expression and to recognize variations in the
performances from one area to another.  In order to better
understand indigenous perspectives, opportunities to practice and
perform musical segments that illustrate lecture points will be
integrated into the course. Formal training in music is not a
requirement.