MUS 109 Music of West Africa

African artistry has broadly impacted contemporary North American popular culture for almost 150 years. This course explores the intersection of drumming, singing and dancing in the exuberant performance traditions of West Africa. In so doing, the course investigates the relationships between story-telling, oral transmission, community building and religious belief in a variety of representative genres. The socio-cultural and aesthetic frameworks of well-known African genres such as Kpanlogo, Gahu and Bobobo will be analyzed. LL Lect: 3 hrs. Course Weight: 1.00 Billing Units: 1

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