The following bibliography is a supplement to SEM President Gregory Barz's letter, “The Coextensive Moment of Music and Politics in Africa: A Pedagogical Perspective,” in SEM Student News 14.1, Spring/Summer 2018.
Selected Course Readings
Agawu, Kofi. 2016. “Music and/in Society.” In The African Imagination in Music, 27–64. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Aidi, Hisham. 2014. Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. New York: Pantheon.
Allen, Tony. 2013. An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afrobeat. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Anderson, Benedict. 1983. “Introduction,” “Cultural Roots,” “The Origins of National Consciousness.” In Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins of Nationalism, 11–16, 17–40, 41–49. London: Verso.
Ansell, Gwen. 2004. “Jazz for the Struggle, and the Struggle for Jazz.” In Soweto Blues: Jazz, Popular Music, and Politics in South Africa. New York: Continuum.
Asante Darko, Kwaku. 2000. “Reggae Rhetoric and the Pan-African Risorgimento.” Mots Pluriel 16. http://motspluriels.arts.uwa.edu.au/MP1600kad.html.
Askew, Kelly M. 2002. Performing the Nation: Swahili Music and Cultural Politics in Tanzania. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Barz, Gregory. 2006. “‘Today We Have Naming of Parts:’ Languaging AIDS Through Music.” In Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda, 109–50. New York: Routledge
Bleck, Jaimie, and Kristin Michelitch. n.d. “Capturing the Airwaves, Capturing the Nation: Citizen Response to Putschist Controlled Radio.” Working Paper.
Bleck, Jaimie, and van de Walle, Nicolas. 2012. “Valence Issues in African Elections: Navigating Uncertainty and the Weight of the Past” Comparative Political Studies 46 (11): 1394–421.
Bratton, Michael, and van de Walle, Nicolas. 1997. Democratic Experiments in Africa: Regime Transitions in Comparative Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Chandra, Kanchan. 2006. “What is Ethnic Identity and Does It Matter?” Annual Review of Political Science 9: 397–424.
Chang, Obrein Ken, and Wayne Chen. 1998. Reggae Roots. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Clark, Msia Kibona, and Mickie Mwanzia Koster. 2014. Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati. New York: Lexington Books.
Collins, Hohn. 1976. “Ghanaian Highlife Music.” African Arts 10 (1): 62–68.
Cooper, Frederick. 2002. Africa since 1940: The Past and the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Diouf, Mamadou. 1996. “Urban Youth and Senegalese Politics: Dakar 1988-1994.” Public Culture 8 : 225–50.
Drewett, Michael. 2003. “Music in the Struggle to End Apartheid: South Africa.” In Policing Pop, edited by Martin Cloonan and Reebee Garofalo, 153–65. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Edmondson, Laura. 2007. Performance and Politics in Tanzania: The Nation on Stage. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Fanon, Frantz.  2004. “The Trials and Tribulations of National Consciousness,” “On National Culture,” The Wretched of the Earth, 97–144, 145–80. Translated by Richard Philcox. Commentary by Jean-Paul Sartre and Homi K. Bhabha. New York: Grove Press.
Fast, Susan, and Kip Pegley, eds. 2012. Music, Politics & Violence. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.
Fenn, John, and Alex Perullo. 2000. “Language Choice and Hip Hop in Tanzania and Malawi.” Popular Music and Society 24 (3): 73–93.
Gandhi, Jennifer, and Ellen Lust-Okar. 2009. “Elections Under Authoritarianism.” Annual Review of Political Science 12:403–22.
Gensler, Andy. 2010. “No Cover: The Bubu King Janka Nabay.” Soundcheck from WNYC, August 21, 2010. New York.
Gibbs, James. 1999. “Propaganda & Mass Education: Alex Dickson & Drama for Development in the Gold Coast.” In African Theatre in Development, edited by Martin Banham, James Gibbs, Femi Osofisan, and Jane Plastow, 13–23. Oxford: James Currey.
Gilman, Lisa. 2011. The Dance of Politics: Gender, Performance, and Democratization in Malawi. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Grahn, Jessica. 2013. “Music and the Brain: Jessica Grahn at TEDxWesternU.” YouTube video, 15:54, April 26, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDfVsFxJXms.
Grass, Randall. 1986. “Fela Anikualpo-Kuti: The Art of an Afrobeat Rebel” The Drama Review: TDR 30 (1): 131–48.
Gueye, Marame. 2013. “Urban Guerrilla Poetry: The Movement Y’en a Marre and the Socio-Political Influences of Hip Hop in Senegal.” The Journal of Pan African Studies 6 (3): 22–42.
Gunner, Liz. 2003. “‘Those Dying Generations at their Song’: Singing of Life, Death and AIDS in Contemporary Kwazulu-Natal.” English Studies in Africa 46 (2): 41–53.
Henderson, Errol A. 1996. “Black Nationalism and Rap Music” Journal of Black Studies 26 (3): 308–39.
Herson, Ben. 2011. “A Historical Analysis of Hip-Hop’s Influence in Dakar from 1984-2000.” American Behavioral Scientist 55 (1): 24–35.
Hodson, Paul. 1987. “John Lennon, Bob Geldoph, and Why Pop Songs Don't Change the World.” In The Lennon Companion, edited by Elizabeth Thomson and David Gutman, 198–205. New York: Schirmer.
Hunt, Nancy Rose. 2008. “An Acoustic Register, Tenacious Images, and Congolese Scenes of Rape and Repetition.” Cultural Anthropology 33 (2): 220–53.
Huntington, Samuel P. 1991. “What?” In The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century, 3–30. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
Jal, Emmaneul. 2009. “The Music of a War Child.” TED. https://www.ted.com/talks/emmanuel_jal_the_music_of_a_war_child.
Kabanda, Patrick. 2014. The Creative Wealth of Nations: How the Performing Arts Can Enhance Development and Human Progress. Policy Research Working Paper 7118, World Bak Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/512131468147578042/pdf/WPS7118.pdf.
Kaemmer, John. “Social Power and Musical Change Among the Shona.” Ethnomusicology 33 (1): 31–45.
Labinjoh, Jusin. 1982. “Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: Protest Music and Social Processes in Nigeria.” Journal of Black Studies 13 (1): 119–34.
Meintjies, Louise. “Paul Simon's Graceland, South Africa, and the Mediation of Musical Meaning.” Ethnomusicology 34 (1): 37–73.
Middleton, Darren J.N. 2006. “As It Is in Zion: Seeking the Rastafari in Ghana, West Africa.” The Journal of Popular Culture 4 (2): 138–50.
Nuxoll, Cornelia. “We Listened to It Because of the Message: Juvenile RUF Combatants and the Role of Music in the Sierra Leone Civil War.” Music & Politics 9 (1): 1–24.
Olaniyan, Tejumola. 2004. Arrest the Music: Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Perry, Imami. 2004. Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Perullo, Alex. 2011. Live from Dar es Salaam: Popular Music and Tanzania’s Music Economy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Prestholdt, Jeremy. 2009. “The Afterlives of 2Pac: Imagery and Alienation in Sierra Leone and Beyond.” Journal of African Cultural Studies 21 (2): 197–218.
Reno, William S.K. 2015. “Lost in Transitions: Civil War Termination in Sub-Saharan Africa.” The American Historical Review 120 (5): 1978–1810.
Saucier, P. Khalil, ed. 2011. Native Tongues: An African Hip-Hop Reader. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.
Schaffer, Frederic Charles. 2000. Democracy in Translation: Understanding Politics in an Unfamiliar Culture. Ithica, NY: Cornell University Press.
Schedler, Andreas. 2006. Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.
Schuman, Anne. 2008. “The Beat That Beat Apartheid: The Role of Music in the Resistance against Apartheid in South Africa.” Stichproben 14 (8): 17–39.
Shepler, Susan. “Youth Music and Politics in Post-War Sierra Leone.” Journal of Modern African Studies 48 (2010): 627–42
Turino, Thomas. 2000. “Race, Class, and Musical Nationalism in Zimbabwe.” In Music and the Racial Imagination, edited by Ronald Radano and Philip V. Bohlman, 554–84. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
———. 2008. Music as Social Life: The Politics of Participation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Veal, Michael. 2007. “Starship Africa: The Acoustics of Diaspora and the Postcolony.” Dub: Soundscapes, and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae, 196–219. Hanover: Wesleyan University Press.
Wainaina, Binyavanga. 2006. “How to Write About Africa” Granta 92 (January). https://granta.com/how-to-write-about-africa/.
Wasserman, Herman. 2010. Popular Media, Democracy, and Development in Africa. New York: Routledge.
Weghorst, Keith R. 2016. “Legislative Candidacy in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes: Evidence from Tanzania.” Working Paper.
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