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West African Drumming and Dance in North American Universities
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West African Drumming and Dance in North American Universities: An Ethnomusicological Perspective

George Worlasi Kwasi Dor

Abstract

More than twenty universities and twenty other colleges in North America (USA and Canada) offer performance courses on West African ethnic dance drumming. Since its inception in 1964 at both UCLA and Columbia, West African drumming and dance has gradually developed into a vibrant campus subculture in North America. The dances most practiced in the American academy come from the ethnic groups Ewe, Akan, Ga, Dagbamba, Mande, and Wolof, thereby privileging dances mostly from Ghana, Togo, Benin, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso. This strong presence of a world music ensemble in the diaspora ... More

Keywords: West African dances, Dance drumming, North American Universities, African Diaspora, World music ensemble

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781617039140
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039140.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Worlasi Kwasi Dor, author