AFR 327
Sounds and Pressures: Music in the 1970s Caribbean Spring 2020
Division II
Cross-listed MUS 327 / AFR 327

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For the Caribbean the 1970s was a decade of cultural excitement and political tragedy. 1960s radical consciousness contributed to rapidly changing music styles that formed by the early seventies and blossomed on the world stage as the decade progressed. This was the period when Jamaican Reggae, Haitian Konpa, and Spanish Caribbean Salsa, asserted their presence in the mainstream. But the countries that birthed these popular music forms were locked in political crisis. In Jamaica, political violence escalated, Haiti faced a brutal dictatorship and Cuba was caught in the midst of Cold War wranglings. A common response to these challenges was massive emigration from the Caribbean to the United States. This course will examine the music produced in the 1970s Caribbean and its relationship to the forces of migration, national politics, and inter-regional contact. After a background on Cuban and Haitian music, the course will give greatest focus to Jamaican politics its relationship with Reggae, which reached further than any other Caribbean music form in the 1970s.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3125
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, 3-4 short papers (5-7 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: AFR concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MUS 327 Division I AFR 327 Division II

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