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MUS3910 - Music of Sub-Saharan Africa

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Graeme Smith


Not offered in 2007


Musical, aesthetic, social and ritual concepts and practices as expressed in the musical life of sub-Saharan African cultures, with particular reference to selected performances of music and dance, and the topology of musical instruments in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have:

  1. A practical knowledge of a variety of performance issues in the musical traditions of sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. A knowledge of the history, musical styles and socio/cultural function of different performance genres.
  3. A fundamental understanding of the unusual variety of musical instruments in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Written (2000 words): 40%
Analysis assignment: 30%
Examination (2 hours): 30%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture) per week