Selected Course Readings: “Rhythm of Change: African Music and African Politics”

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.
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. [1961] 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.
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.
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.
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).
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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