MUS 215 Music and Culture of the African Diaspora

This course is an introductory survey course which employs music as a lens to explore the history and culture of Africa and African America. Students learn about African musical genres on the continent and in the New World as well as the political, cultural, racial, class, and gender dynamics that shape and are shaped by them. More specifically, this course focuses of West Africa and the United States and provides students an introduction to (a) the political and social histories of both areas, (b) the musical characteristics of varied genres, (c) the social and political forces which shaped the evolution of the more significant musical genres, (d) the contemporary cultural and identity politics influencing and influenced by the music and (e) the connections between West African and African American music.



Cross Listed Courses

AAS 210