Fall 2012

African Popular Music

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-204  |  Music, as MUSI-105


Olabode F. Omojola (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 204 [A] and MUSI 105.)   This course focuses on twentieth-century African popular music; it examines musical genres from different parts of the continent, investigating their relationships to the historical, political and social dynamics of their respective national and regional origins.  Regional examples like highlife, soukous, chimurenga, and afro-beate will be studied to assess the significance of  popular music as a creative response to social and political developments in colonial and postcolonial Africa.  The course also discusses the growth of hip-hop music in selected countries by exploring how indigenous cultural tropes have provided the basis for its local appropriation.  Themes explored in this course include:  the use of music in the construction of identity; popular music, politics and resistance; the interaction of local and global elements; and the political significance of musical nostalgia. 

Fall semester.  Five College Professor Omojola.


Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2016, Fall 2020, Fall 2022