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Instructor Info:Olabode Omojola
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Music and Dance Building RECITAL
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Music and Dance Building RECITAL
Description: This course focuses on twentieth century African popular music; it examines musical genres from different parts of the continent, investigating their relationships to the historical, political and social dynamics of their respective national and regional origins. Regional examples like highlife, hiplife soukous, chimurenga, kwaito, and afro-beat will be studied to assess the significance of popular music as a creative response to social and political developments in colonial and postcolonial Africa. The course also discusses the growth of hip-hop music in selected countries by exploring how indigenous cultural tropes have provided the basis for its local appropriation. Themes explored in this course include: the use of music in the construction of identity; popular music, politics and resistance; the interaction of local and global elements; and the political significance of musical nostalgia. Student's final projects for this class could be in form of live performances or paper presentations focusing on any genre or aspect of African popular music.