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Karibu! What is the role of music for an African? This course, which fulfills the Core theme area of Global diversity, discusses the rhythms and communication patterns of the African person and provides an introduction to selected musical traditions of Africa. A variety of musical practices and their cultural contexts will be explored through listening, reading, and written assignments, with an emphasis on class discussion. The course includes in-class instruction in African drumming, song and dance, as well as lecture-demonstrations by guest artists. As a basis of human personality formative spirituality’s anthropological paradigm will be used to integrate the place of music for the person.
After an introductory unit, the course will be organized around four main geographical areas: Senegal, Mali, Ghana, and Nigeria. An in-depth study of the African experience from these countries will be interspersed with brief overviews of Southern, Central, and East Africa.
First Assignment due: First class in February
Please select one country in Africa that will be the focus on your learning this semester. That country will be the subject of your first and second paper, your musical composition, and your final 45-minute presentation.
Second Assignment due: February 20
Using the African drumming handout, submit and 8 measure original composition following the guidelines on Blackboard.
Third Assignment: Due for midterm conference in outline, and in prose for your final submission April 17, 24 and May 1 presentation dates.
Submit a rough draft of your paper
IHP 202: Music of Africa syllabus
The core of this course consists of lectures, in-class listening and discussion, and outside reading and listening assignments. Lectures and discussions will be supplemented, where possible, with guest lecture-demonstrations, film or video screenings, and hands-on workshops. Regular attendance of class is required, and students will be expected to actively participate in discussions and in-class workshops.