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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.
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 byMartin 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.
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.
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