Global Sound: Drum and Bass, Rhythm and Soul (MUSC2666)


How did the music of enslaved and marginalised people eventually become a dominant force in contemporary popular culture? This unit will examine the local reinvention of a wide variety of African American music in communities around the world. From soul and funk in West Africa to ska and reggae in the Caribbean, we will examine how music moves around the world and within local communities to make new forms of meaning.

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1 hr lecture, 1 hr tut/week


Critical Interpretation, 1500 words (20%), Musical analysis, 1500 words (20%), Final Project 3,000 words (30%), Participation (10%).

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Unit of study rules


18 junior credit points.



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