African music and dance

Welcome to the Department of African Music and Dance, part of the School of Music and Dance and the School of African Studies.

Division description


The scope of this division is

  • to collect knowledge on African music and dance
  • to develop teaching materials about African music and dance
  • to develop research methods for the study of African dance
  • to provide a scientific basis for the improvement of the coverage and quality of Wikipedia articles related to this subject.

Research topics


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The following list of references is only the starting point for an extensive anotated bibliography to be developed.

  • Tracey, Hugh. (1961). The evolution of African music and its function in the present day. Johannesburg: Institute for the Study of Man in Africa.
  • Lomax, Alan: Folk song style and culture. American Association for the Advancement of Science, Publication No. 88, Washingthon 1968.
  • Lomax, Alan, Bertenieff, Irmgaard, Paulay, Forrestine: Choreometrics: a method for the study or cross-cultural pattern in film. Research Film, Vol 6, No. 6, Göttingen 1969.
  • Koetting, James (1992). "Africa/Ghana". Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples (Second ed.). New York: Schirmer Books. pp. 67-104. ISBN 0-02-872602-2. 
  • Kubik, Gerhard Zum Verstehen Afrikanischer Musik, Aufsätze, Reihe: Ethnologie: Forschung und Wissenschaft, Bd. 7, 2., aktualisierte und ergänzte Auflage, 2004, 448 S., ISBN 978-3-8258-7800-7 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN. (in German language)
  • Simon, Artur (Ed.), "Musik in Afrika", (Staatliche Museen) Berlin 1983 (in German language)
  • Bender, Wolfgang: Sweet Mother - Moderne afrikanische Musik, 1985, Trickster Verlag, München. ISBN 3-923804-10-5 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN. (in German language)

Department news

  • 6 March 2006 - Department founded!