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CAS Full Professor Lecture - Alexander Stewart

Nov 4, 2013
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Waterman Bldg 338 (Memorial Lounge)

Alexander Stewart, Professor, Department of Music and Dance

"Groove Theory: Fela Kuti, James Brown, and the Invention of Afrobeat"

Who put the "beat" in afrobeat? An important shift occurred in West African popular music in the late 1960s as many musicians looked less to Europe and its former colonies in the Caribbean, and began to draw inspiration directly from African-American cultures in the US. This talk explores Fela Anikulapo Kuti's seemingly paradoxical adoption of American funk grooves in his quest to further "Africanize" his music.

A recording of the lecture will be made available at the online media blog and eventually at the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Price: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: A&S Dean' s Ofc

For more information, contact Sally Bartlett at 6-0756 or

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