MUS 222 Fall 2012 Popular Music and Resistance in Africa and the African Diaspora (D) (W)

Cross Listed as AFR223
Whether discussing the independence campaigns of African states during the 1950s/60s, the Civil Rights Movement unfolding concurrently in the United States, or 20th century class struggles in the Caribbean and South America, mass-mediated musics have given voice to popular resistance to social, economic, political, racial and cultural disenfranchisement. This course explores popular music as an oppositional tool in Africa and the African Diaspora. A selection of "protest" genres and styles including Afrobeat, Chimurenga, Be-bop, Reggae and Hip-hop will provide case studies for approaching music as politically charged text, allied to specific moments of social change. Relationships between music and Negritude, Pan Africanism, Afrocentrism and other Nationalist ideologies that unify black struggles on all sides of the Atlantic will be examined. However, students will also situate specific case studies within local cultural histories framed by geographical boundaries of nation-state in order to critically explore intersections between genre identity and political discourse. Lectures will make generous use of audio/visual materials.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: students will write three short sequenced writing assignments which will be peer reviewed and revised; they will also write a longer final paper, and give a final class presentation;
Additional Info: evaluation will be based on the quality of written work, class participation, and oral presentation
Additional Info2: not available for the Gaudino or Pass/Fail options
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
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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: MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1893
MUS222-01(F) SEM Popular Music and Resistance (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Oyebade A. Dosunmu
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Bernhard 29 1893
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