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Department of Music Lecture: 'Singing the Black Pacific: Afro-Indigenous Connections and the Study of Global Music History'

Friday, October 8 | 3:00 PM

Music Classroom Building, 102
Music Classrooms Bldg, Clayton, MO 63105, USA

This alumni feature is in celebration of WUSTL MUSIC’s 75th Anniversary.

Over the course of the “long” 20th century—beginning with a multi-year residency by the Fisk Jubilee Singers in Australia and New Zealand in the 1890s and continuing to today—Black music from the U.S. and the West Indies has been a crucial resource for Indigenous artists and activists in the Southwestern Pacific. This presentation traces the outlines of this music’s role as an expressive vehicle for aesthetic and ethical concerns. I consider how this music has entwined Afrodiasporic and Indigenous people, developing community, providing the pleasures of sonic repetition and difference, and articulating politics of liberation and sovereignty. Beyond describing my case study, this talk will focus on the methodological questions raised by the growing literature of global music history, and the recent critiques of the coloniality and ethnocentrism of the 20th century’s musicological disciplines: music history, ethnomusicology, and music theory.

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Gabriel Solis, Professor of Music, African American Studies, American Indian Studies, and Anthropology, University of Illinois (Alumni Feature)
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