New Spring Course in African Popular Music

Filed under Academic & Research, Opportunities on December 16, 2019.

A new course, African Popular Music and Globalization (MUH 4930/6935 and African Studies 4935), will be offered in spring 2020. This course, open to undergraduates and graduate students, engages with a wide variety of African popular musics in different contexts of transformation through readings, performance projects, and listening assignments. The course will explore popular African music styles like mbaqanga, juju, fuji, Afrobeat, Chimurenga, highlife, azonto, makossa, coupe decale, bongo flava, taarab, and African jazz and hip hop, including artists such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Manu Dibango, Angelique Kidjo, Abdullah Ibrahim, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, and Thomas Mapfumo. Students will have the opportunity to incorporate a performance of an original arrangement or composition into their final project/paper for the course. No musical training required. Meets Mondays 1:55-2:45 p.m and Wednesdays 1:55-3:50 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Sarah Politz at spolitz[at]