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West African Drumming and Dance in North American UniversitiesAn Ethnomusicological Perspective$
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George Worlasi Kwasi Dor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039140

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039140.001.0001

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Selected University Ensembles

Selected University Ensembles

History, Resources, Repertoire, Teaching, Learning, Performance(s), and Reception

2 Selected University Ensembles
West African Drumming and Dance in North American Universities

George Worlasi

Kwasi Dor

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter 2 privileges a number of representative West African dance drumming ensembles in North American universities--UCLA, Wesleyan, Berkeley, York, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Tufts, MIT, Ole Miss, and Binghamton--focusing on their histories, programs, repertoires, symbolism, unique challenges, and instructive models they can provide. Chapter 2, like the subsequent chapters, is based on interviews with relevant ensemble directors and administrators as well as other ethnographic data the author gathered during visits to the preceding campuses and/or at conferences. Regrettably, a few notable universities with great West African dance drumming ensembles are not included in this chapter because of the unavailability of either funds to visit them all, or of their directors for interviewing during busy summer months and other schedules. However, Table 1 provides information on some of the ensembles, directors, and their repertoires, and discussion of some directors not covered in chapter 2 abounds at different stages of the book.

Keywords:   Selected University Ensembles, History and programs, Repertoires, UCLA, Performances

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