MUS 225
Musics of the Caribbean
Last Offered Spring 2017
Division I
Cross-listed MUS 225 / AFR 225
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

From witty and politically charged calypsos to soulful bachatas, from folkloric displays that advertise a country’s cultural diversity to ritual performances that facilitate communication with the spirit world, the music of the Caribbean is astonishingly diverse, both sonically and in its social application. This course serves as an introduction to a wide spectrum of Caribbean music in its broader social and historical context. Through engaging with audio and video sources, readings, performance exercises and workshops, students will learn to identify distinguishing features associated with particular countries and regions, while also exploring the sounds and musical structures that are shared between them. Featured genres include reggae, steel pan, calypso, zouk, Maroon music from Suriname and Jamaica, chutney, salsa, merengue and music from Haitian Vodu and Cuban SanterĂ­a religions. Interlaced with discussion of musical genres and innovative musicians are a number of central questions about the social role of music within the region: How has slavery and colonial enterprise shaped the musical landscape of the Caribbean? How do the realms of sacred and secular performance relate to each other? What role does tourism and global circulation play in influencing musical tastes and practices? Finally, how do music and dance interconnect?
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 3771
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, multimedia project, midterm paper, intermittent short assignments, final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Music majors and Africana Studies or Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MUS 225 Division I AFR 225 Division II
Attributes: AFR Core Electives
MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology

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