Music in Africa
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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
Students will become familiar with some of the major styles, musical instruments/ensembles, and recording artists of Africa, and develop a critical understanding of the ways that they have been represented in the literature.
Two hours per week
Scope and syllabus
Term 1 presents a series of case studies of music in ritual and sacred contexts such as spirit possession, court ritual, initiation societies, and life cycle ceremonies.
Term 2 focuses on new African musics and the music industry in and outside Africa, in the context of economic, political and social change in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Method of assessment
One 1 000 words essay (10%);One 2 500 words essay (25%); One 3 000 words essay (30%);One Oral Exam (15%); One Listening Test (20%).