AFR 113
Musics of Africa Spring 2019 Division II; Cross-listed as AFR113 / MUS120

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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
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 Preference: current or prospective Music majors and Africana Studies concentrators
Department Notes: MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology
Distributions: Division II;
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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