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African Dance and Percussion
/ DANC 201
/ MUS 220
We will examine two forms that embody continuity of tradition or the impact of cultural shifts in generations. Lamban was created by the Djeli, popularly called Griots who historically served many roles in traditional society from the Kingdom of Ghana and Old Mali spanning the 12th-current centuries. This dance and music form continues as folklore in modern day Guinea, Senegal, Mali and The Gambia where it was created and practiced by the Mandinka people. Bira is an ancient and contemporary spiritual practice of Zimbabwe’s Shona people. Both of these forms are enduring cultural practices while Kpanlogo from the modern West African state of Ghana represents the post-colonial identity of this nation’s youth at the end of the 1950s.
This course can be taken for academic and/or PE credit
Format: studio; class hours will be divided among research and discussion of the dance, percussion, and music of two forms, as well as physical learning and group projects; also includes field trips to view an area performance and the archives at Jacob Pillow
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
discussion of assignments, group response performances, and short research paper. Students enrolled for PE credit are responsible only for the performance-based projects
students who have taken DANC 100 or DANC 201; have experience in a campus-based performance ensemble; or have permission of the instructors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST African Studies Electives
MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology