Pushing the boundaries of contemporary “world music,” the sounds of Sousou and Maher Cissoko resonate as much from West Africa as from northern Europe. Their music features the kora, a West Africa 12-string instrument, fused with Swedish popular and folk music traditions. Also in the mix are the cosmopolitan influences of hip-hop, reggae, and Afropop, creating a distinctly Afro-Swedish style. These charismatic world musicians join Ohio State professor Ryan Skinner for a three-day symposium exploring the music, culture, and politics of race and identity in contemporary Sweden.
Kora master class
Friday, April 4 • 4 p.m. • Hughes Hall, room 109
Sunday, April 6 • 8 p.m. • Archie M. Griffin West Ballroom, Ohio Union
Roundtable discussion: “The performance/politics of Afro-Swedish public culture”
Monday, April 7 • 4:30 p.m. • Music/Dance Library, room 205
All Events • Free of Charge • Open to the Public
Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music, Musicology area, Ethnomusicology program, Department of African American and African Studies, Performance/Politics Working Group, Center for African Studies, DISCO, Folklore Student Association, EMIC student group