Fall 2022

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. Limited to 30 students. Five College Professor Omojola.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority to Black Studies and Music majors and then by class, seniors, juniors, etc.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: n/a

BLST 204 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM ARMU 212
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM ARMU 212


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2016, Fall 2020, Fall 2022