AFR 223
Politics of Performance/Performing Politics in Contemporary Africa Spring 2016 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as MUS222 / AFR223
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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.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 3622
Requirements/Evaluation: based on in-class preparation and participation, bi-weekly short writing assignments, a midterm paper and a final project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are current or prospective Music majors, as well as current and prospective Africana Studies and Latina/o Studies concentrators
Department Notes: MUS Group A Electives--class of 2016 MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology--class of 2017 and beyond
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under MUS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
Attributes: GBST African Studies Electives; MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology;

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