AFR 113
Musics of Africa Spring 2019
Division II
Cross-listed MUS 120 / AFR 113
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This course introduces a selection of musical cultures from the geographical breadth of Africa. Following an introductory exploration of the fundamental aesthetic and social parameters governing African musical practice, we will engage in a series of case studies considering a diverse array of musical practices and related social and political issues in specific locales. Featured countries include Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This course samples a wide range of musical practices from the Ghanaian dance craze, azonto, to Ethiopian liturgical chants, to Shona mbira music in Zimbabwe. Performance analysis and critical reading and listing assignments are combined with a number of hands-on workshops and musical exercises.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 12
Class#: 3820
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: grade based on a listening journal, bi-weekly short assignments, a final paper, and class participation
Prerequisites: no prerequisites: prior musical background is not essential for this class
Enrollment Preferences: current or prospective Music majors and Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MUS 120 Division I AFR 113 Division II
Attributes: GBST African Studies Electives
MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology

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