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FOLK 106 401: Studies in African-American Music

G. Ramsey
Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Cross-listed with: AFRC 147, ANTH 156, MUSC 146

This course explores aspects of the origins, style development, aesthetic philosophies, historiography, and contemporary conventions of African-American musical traditions. Topics covered include: the music of West and central Africa, the music of colonial America, 19th century church and dance music, minstrelsy, music of the Harlem Renaissance, jazz, blues gospel, hip-=hop, and film music. Special attention is given to the ways in which black music generates "meaning" and to how the social energy circulating within black music articulates myriad issues about American Identity at specific historical moments.

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