AFR 330
Modern Folklore: Postcolonial Dance and Music in Africa Spring 2019
Division II
Cross-listed DANC 330 / AFR 330 / MUS 330
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“Folklore is a mixture of traditions, poems, songs, dances and legends of the people, it can be no other than the reflection of the life of the country and if that country develops, there is no reason why the folklore which is the living expression, should not develop as well. Modern folklore in present Africa is as authentic as the Africa of old.” –Keita Fodeba, founding Artistic Director of Les Ballet Africain, Guinea, West Africa. This course will involve intensive dance and musical practice that is rooted in traditional and contemporary/forms from the African continent and the Diaspora. We will examine the international impact of countries who achieved independence from Europe in the late 1950’s-1990s such as Les Ballets Africain, National Dance Company of Senegal, Bembeya Jazz, Ghana Dance Ensemble, and the national dance and music companies of Zimbabwe, Jamaica, and Cuba. Our study will include the impact of artists such as James Brown, Miriam Makeba, Michael Jackson, and Youssou N’Dour, as well as Hip Hop culture and the emergence of new forms of music and dance or modern folklore.
The Class: Type: studio
Limit: 14
Expected: 10
Class#: 3812
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: student progress with music and dance material taught, quality of assigned short papers, quality of research and performance midterm and final projects
Prerequisites: Any of the following courses offer students preparation or experience DANC 100, 201, 202; MUS 111, 117, 120, 211, 222, 233; AFR 193, 200, 223, experience in a campus-based dance or music ensemble or permission of the instructors
Enrollment Preferences: students who have taken DANC 201, 202 or any of the courses listed in the prerequisites
Materials/Lab Fee: occasional fees to attend concerts; fee range free-$35
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
DANC 330 Division I AFR 330 Division I MUS 330 Division I
Attributes: MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology

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