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Afro-Swedish Public Culture Symposium with guest artists Sousou and Maher Cissoko April 4, 6 and 7


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


February events reminder

The Performance/Politics Working Group would like to extend an invitation for our February events. Acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller will be talking about his career and performing excerpts of his work on Feb. 18th at 2:30, and OSU Professor of Music Dr. Danielle Fossler-Lussier will be giving a lecture on Feb. 25th at 4:30.

Check out our Upcoming Events page to get more information on these two events.

Hot off the press: we’ve also just heard that the comedian, writer, and performer Marga Gomez will be at the Ohio Union on Feb. 15th at 8:00 for Q-PID: A Comedy & Dance Extravaganza!

This semester is full of great presentations. We hope you can join us!


October events reminder

The Performance/Politics Working Group presents its first public events next week:

First, Dr. Tommy DeFrantz of Duke University will give a lecture on “Unchecked Popularity: Neoliberal Circulations of Black Social Dance” on Mon. Oct. 22nd at 12:30 at the George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Avenue.

Later that same week on Wed. Oct. 24th, join us at the Wexner Center for Tinariwen. The Performance/Politics Working Group will then host a conversation about Tinariwen’s work led by our own Dr. Ryan Skinner on Thurs. Oct. 25th at 4:00 at the George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Avenue.

Check out our Upcoming Events page to get more information on these two events.

We hope to see you there!