CAS Full Professor Lecture - Alexander Stewart
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 http://blog.uvm.edu/compute-cas-media/ and eventually at the College of Arts and Sciences website.
For more information, contact Sally Bartlett at 6-0756 or email@example.com.