Listening to the Music of Contemporary Africa: History, Politics, and Human Origins


Seminar Leader:
Carol Muller

Preface:

This class introduced fellows to the contemporary music of the African continent as a means to coming to know the history and politics of Africa and her peoples, and to con-sider questions raised about the origins of humankind as they pertain to particular sites in Africa. The course covered music that is indigenous to a region or borrowed and remade; popular, traditional, religious or art music; music with a particular social purpose; music generated electroni-cally or performed face to face. While the music of the old African diaspora (e.g. jazz, gospel, soul) has become a criti-cal part of the popular mainstream, the music of newly ar-rived Africans, some of whom may be in your classrooms, remains largely unknown outside of it place of origin. This class opened up the possibility of putting the music of contemporary Africa and her peoples into the school cur-riculum.

Unit TitleAuthor

2021


How Music and Song has Influenced Political Change in Africa and the United States

Carmen R. Carrion M.Ed.
Keywords: African American History, African music, Music

Tale of Two Cities: Cultural Capital of Hip Hop in Kenya and Philadelphia

Jeri Johnson, M.S. Ed., M.S. School Psychology
Keywords: black placemaking, Charles Dickens, Chris Emdin, COVID-19, critical hip-hop pedagogy (CHHP), Elizabeth Acevedo, hip-hop music, Kenya Vision 2030, mind-mapping, musical patterns, Philadelphia Vision 2035

Creative? How Can We Protect Our Ideas?

Tasha Russell
Keywords: copyright, fair use, Fela, infringement, public domain, Solomon Linda, the Tokens

West African Jelis/Griots Old and New

Aisha Al-Muid
Keywords: Geography, Mali, Nigeria, West Africa, West AFrican empires

The Sound of Resistance: Protest Music in African Cinema

David Jennis
Keywords: African Cinema, African music, Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, Apartheid, History of Africa: Resistance and Liberation, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, South Africa

Hand-Made Music: Creating the Instruments and Sounds of Africa

Katherine Steiner
Keywords: Africa, African music, Africana studies, Art, contemporary music, hands-on, High School, high school art, high school music, instrument, Music

Framing Africa with 5 Music Narratives

Lisa Yuk Kuen Yau
Keywords: Africa, African music, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, freedom songs, griots, gumboot, hip-hop, Kenya, Mali, national anthems, protest dances, protest songs, Pygmies, South Africa, stepping, Zap Mama

Art and Tyranny: Franco’s Role in Mobutu’s Zaire

Geoffrey Winikur
Keywords: arts education, colonization, culturally responsive teaching, imperialism, Inquiry, interdisciplinary pedagogy, multiple literacies, postcolonial studies, Research, student research

Critical Interventions into the Single Story of Africa

Pearl Jonas
Keywords: Africa, African American History, Bias, Culture, Identity, Music, narrative, perspective, project-based, Single story, stereotypes, storytelling

Never Sing the Same Way Twice: Encouraging Student Voice with Umm Kulthum

Benjamin Perkins
Keywords: Africa, business, Drum, Egypt, Harmony, improvisation, Keyboard, Melody, Music, Performance, Piano, poetry, rhythm, Technology, Umm Kulthum, voice

Listening to Learn: Learning to Listen Lessons from the Griot Families of Mali

Rebecca Horner
Keywords: Africa, Color Vowel Approach, documentary, drumming, Elementary Education, Els, ESL, ESOL, griot, home-language, language learning, Mali, Music