MUS 222 Politics of Performance/Performing Politics in Contemporary Africa (D) (W)

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as AFR223
Using select examples from throughout Africa, this course highlights genres, artists, and works that engage with social and ideological change. Students practice critical listening and performance analysis, while also considering the social contexts that render these performances meaningful and provocative. Topics include: challenges to mass mediated stereotypes of African populations, the social and economic impact of cultural tourism, music as a form of social critique, changing attitudes toward women and the LGBTQ community, music and global aid organizations, issues of migration and displacement, and the changing roles of traditional musical occupations. Popular genres--among them Afrobeat, kwaito, soukous, raï, mbalax, Chimurenga music, and a variety of rap and hip-hop styles--are discussed alongside numerous traditional and ceremonial genres, national/political anthems, and concert pieces. Active participation in class discussion is an important component of this course.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: based on in-class preparation and participation, bi-weekly short writing assignments, a midterm paper and a final project
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: given to sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are current or prospective majors in Music, as well as current and prospective students concentrating in Africana Studies and Latina/o studies
Department Notes: MUS Group A Electives--classes 2015 and 2016 MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology--class of 2017 and beyond
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under MUS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: INST African Studies Electives,MUS Group A Electives,MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1609
MUS 222 LEC Performing Politics in Africa (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Corinna S. Campbell
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