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Music & Dance of Africa and the Diaspora
Ann Arbor, April 1997

      

************* MUSIC AND DANCE OF AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA: The Present State and Potential in the United States University of Michigan April 3-5, 1997
Distinguished plenary speakers and highly skilled workshop presenters anchor each day of the conference. In addition, the invited chairs and discussants for each panel represent the highest levels of scholarship in ethnomusicology and music performance. Selected papers include those from both well-known and emerging scholars, as well as outstanding graduate students. We are especially pleased that Professor J. H. Kwabena Nketia of the International Center for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana will be with us throughout the conference and will be giving an important reflective address at the closing banquet. The faculty and students of the University of Michigan are excited about welcoming you to our campus. We know that you will enjoy the historical and stately setting of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, center of many intellectual activities on our campus and within walking distance to museums, shopping, and dining. You will find the Ann Arbor community a unique blend of midwestern charm and sophisticated culture. Although you'll be kept busy by the stimulating conference offerings, you will also have the opportunity to explore the city's many restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops, music stores, and boutiques. Time is growing short to register and we want to make sure that we hear from you in time to make your stay a well-organized and pleasant one. Please read the enclosed information carefully and send us your registration materials by mid-March. We're looking forward to seeing you in Ann Arbor. Sincerely, Lester P. Monts Vice Provost for Academic and Multicultural Affairs Professor of Music CONFERENCE PROGRAM (subject to change) Be sure to check the conference website for last minute program changes and additions: http://www.umich.edu/~ovpama/music THURSDAY APRIL 3RD 9:00 - 10:30 AM Conference Registration Rackham Assembly Hall 10:30 - 11:30 AM Introduction and Opening Session Rackham Assembly Hall 1:00 - 2:30 PM PLENARY SESSION Rackham Assembly Hall Speaker: Kofi Agawu, Yale University & University of Ghana Facilitator: Naomi André, University of Michigan 2:45 - 3:45 PM WORKSHOP - Samba Musical Instruments Rackham Assembly Hall Presenter: Welson Tremura, Florida State University Facilitator: TBA 4:00 - 5:00 PM PANEL - Art Music in Africa and the Diaspora Rackham Assembly Hall Chair: Naomi André, University of Michigan Discussant: J.H. Kwabena Nketia "Twentieth Century African Music: Definition and Cultural Relevance' Paul Konye and Kellie Konye, University of Kentucky "Towards an African Pianism" Akin Euba, University of Pittsburgh 4:00 - 5:00 PM PANEL - Music and Identity in the African Diaspora East Conference Room Chair: Sam Cronk, University of Michigan Discussant: Lorna McDaniel, University of Michigan Poetry Readings Lorna Goodison University of Michigan "Music Rhythm as It Informs Identity: Jazz in Curaçao" Nanette de Jong, University of Michigan "The Berimbau of Capoeira: History, Values, Identity, Structure, and Improvisation Portrayed through the Melodic Rhythms of a Musical Bow" Eric Galm, Tufts University "The Role of Music in Rastafarian Society in Jamaica (1930-1995)" James A. Alston, University of Pittsburgh 5:45 - 7:00 PM WELCOME RECEPTION 214 West Hall; Sponsored by University of Michigan Center for Afroamerican and African Studies FRIDAY APRIL 4TH 8:30 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast Rackham Assembly Hall 9:00 - 11:00 AM PANEL - Perspectives on African American Music East Conference Room Chair: Mellonee V. Burnim, Indiana University Discussant: Portia K. Maultsby, Indiana University "African American Women in Music: The Music of Betty Jackson" Ronald Baltimore, Fisk University "'What are the 'Drums' Saying About Gender, Bwana?: Constructing History, Identity, and Authority in Black Popular Performance" Kyra Gaunt, University of Virginia "Ouanja: An African American Opera" John Trout, University of Cincinnati "Sacred African Music and Dance: Yoruba Based Music and Dance in the African Diaspora-Brazil, Cuba, and New York City" Marta Morena-Vega, Baruch College 9:00 - 11:00 AM PANEL - Dance Panel Rackham Assembly Hall Chair: TBA Discussant: TBA Papers and Demonstrations TBA 11:15 - 12:15 PM WORKSHOP - The Ghanaian Xylophone Rackham Assembly Hall Presenter: Krakaba Lobi, University of Ghana Facilitator: Lois Anderson, University of Wisconsin 1:30 - 3:00 PM PLENARY SESSION Rackham Assembly Hall Presenter: Olly Wilson, University of California, Berkeley 3:00 - 5:00 PM PANEL - Creativity and Performance in Music of the Diaspora Rackham Assembly Hall Chair: Jacqueline C. Djedje, University of California, Los Angeles Discussant: Steve Friedson, University of North Texas "Music and Power in a Diasporic African Community: The Case of Akan Fontomfrom" Alexander Gelfand, University of Illinois "The Creativity in Culture: Creolization in the Musical Genres of the Seychelles Islands" Michael Naylor, Washtenaw Community College "Reggae Passover: Members of the Jewish Diaspora Share the Bread of Affliction and the Celebration of Exodus in Song with Members of the African Diaspora" Alan Eder and Kobla Ladzekpo University of California, Los Angeles California Institute for the Arts 3:00 - 5:00 PM PANEL - Creativity and Performance in Dance of the Diaspora Rackham Assembly Hall Chair: Cynthia E. Schmidt, University of Nebraska, Omaha Discussant: Robin Wilson, University of Michigan "`I Believe I Can Fly' Creating a Vision of Self and Community through African Music and Dance Performance" Donna Armstrong and Karen Prall The Art of Motion Dance Theatre, Detroit "Cultural Transmission Through Dance" Raymond Hall, Indiana University "Afro-Brazilian Culture Through Dance" Isaura Oliveira, Federal University of Bahia School of Dance, Brazil 8:00 PM EVENING PERFORMANCE Michigan Union Ballroom West Virginia University African Ensemble Paschal Yao Younge, Director "Echoes" from Soundsketches Robin Wilson Other Instrumentalists - TBA University of Michigan Kiyira Ensemble James Makubuya, Director SATURDAY, APRIL 5 8:30 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast Rackham Assembly Hall 9:00 - 11:00 AM PANEL - Music, Religion, and Ritual in Africa and the Diaspora Rackham Assembly Hall Chair: Ruth M. Stone, Indiana University Discussant: J. H. Kwabena Nketia, University of Ghana International Center for African Music and Dance "The Role of African Oral Tradition and Folklore in Music and Dance" Nana Yaa Asantewe, Cultural Educator and Jali "Performance as Ritual, Ritual as Performance: The Interplay of Indigenous Religion and Performance in Contemporary Dandanda Song and Dance" Diane Thram, Indiana University "Indigenous Gospel Music, Women Power and Transformation and Socio-cultural Transformation in Contemporary Nigeria" Matthews A. Ojo, Obafemi Awilowo University, Nigeria 9:00 - 11:00 AM PANEL - Music of the African Diaspora in the Academy East Conference Room Chair: Eddie Meadows, San Diego State University Discussant: Lois A. Anderson, University of Wisconsin "Resources and Problems in Studying the African Continuum in African-American Performing Genres" Daniel Avorgbedor, Ohio State University "African Dance and Music: Tools of Empowerment for African American Students" Harlina Churn-Diallo, Imani Dance Company, Inc. "Enhancing Global Understanding through Contemporary African Music and Dance the University of West Virginia" Phillip J. Faini and Paschal Yao Younge University of West Virginia 11:15 - 12:15 PM WORKSHOP - The Mibira Dzavadzimu of Zimbabwe Rackham Assembly Hall Presenters: Forward Kwenda & Erica Azim Facilitator: Ernest Brown, Williams College 1:30 - 3:00 PM PLENARY SESSION Rackham Assembly Hall Presenter: Margaret Thompson Drewel Northwestern University 3:00 - 5:00 PM African Popular Music and the Industry East Conference Room Chair: Christopher Waterman University of California, Los Angeles Discussant: Ernest D. Brown, Williams College "Pocket Money and Le Grand Maitre: A Comparison of the Popular Music Industries of Kenya and Zaire" Michael Farley and Robert Blewett, St. Lawrence University "African Music is Alive and Well, and Living Comfortably in Jazz!" Clifford A. Sykes, School District of Pontiac, Michigan "`Culture Jazz': The Transmission and Reception of African American Avant Garde Music in Europe" Christopher G. Bakriges, York University 3:00 - 5:00 PM PANEL - Perspectives on Traditional African Music Performance Rackham Assembly Hall Chair: Lorna McDaniel, University of Michigan Discussant: John M. Chernoff, University of Pittsburgh "Revisiting the Question of Objectivity: A Case Study of Bamana Xylophone Music and Dance" Heather Anne Adou, Indiana University "Music and Dance in the Daily Life of African People" Yaya Diallo, Imani Dance Company, Inc. "Zadonu:: The Existence of a Traditional African Music and Dance Troupe in the Diaspora" Alan Eder and Kobla Ladzekpo University of California, Los Angeles & California Institute for the Arts 6:30 PM CLOSING BANQUET Crowne Plaza Hotel Speaker: J.H. Kwabena Nketia "Words, Music, Words about Music: Towards a Speculative Theory of Meaning in African Music" ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ LESTER P. MONTS Vice Provost Phone: (313) 764-3982 Academic & Multicultural Affairs Fax: (313) 764-4546 Professor of Music E-mail: lmonts@umich.edu 3084 Fleming Admin. Bldg. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340 http://www.umich.edu/~ovpama