HOM400.1 Black British Music: Exploring Identity through Sound (Fall, Spring)

This course examines racial, cultural and social identities and their shaping of inherited and imported musical forms. Key historic periods will provide the basis of cultural and social anthropological study, through which the traditions and migration (enforced and voluntary) of people and the music created chronicled social change, adapted to (and would eventually come to represent) parts of the UK’s ever-changing population. The course traces how jazz, ska, reggae, soul, Afrobeat and rap became anglicised. It will also determine the profound impact British colonialism, the pre, inter and post-war years and the domestic political, racial, gendered and generational conflicts that followed the ‘end of Empire’ had on the cultivation of modern British black music. Course fee of $50 (2016-17) will be billed from Syracuse to cover events and/or site visits and related costs. Performance tickets may be purchased in advance based on enrollment numbers at the end of online registration in June/July for the fall semester and November/December for the spring semester. Once registered, students are responsible for all expended and committed costs, which could be as high as full course fee, even if the course is dropped prior to the start of classes.

Department: History of Music

Location: London

Semesters: Fall, Spring

Credits: 3