Fall 2009

Master Musicians of Africa I:  West Africa

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-26  |  Music, as MUSI-06


Olabode F. Omojola (Section 01)


(Offered as Black Studies 26 [A] and Music 6.) This course concentrates on the lives and music of selected West African musicians. Departing from ethnographic approaches that mask the identity of individual musicians and treat African societies as collectives, this course emphasizes the contributions of individual West African musicians whose stature as master musicians is undisputed within their respective communities. It examines the contributions of individual musicians to the ever continuous process of negotiating the boundaries of African musical practice. Individuals covered this semester include Babatunde Olatunji (Nigerian drummer), Youssou N’Dour (Senegalese singer), Kandia Kouyate (Malian jelimuso) and Ephraim Amu (Ghanaian composer). The variety of artistic expressions of selected musicians also provides a basis for examining the interrelatedness of different African musical idioms, and the receptivity of African music to non-African styles. 

Fall semester.  Five College Professor Omojola.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2014, Spring 2018