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MU221 – Black Music Matters: The 'Magical Negrx'

Black Music Matters: the Magical Negrx is an intensive, analytical survey of music and musicians from the African "Motherland to the funky "Mothership" and beyond, following African American imagination and innovation through folk music, jazz, soul, Afrofuturism and more.

How does Black music both reflect and shape musical expression at the intersectionality of race, gender, and music? How do spirituality, mysticism, and/or exoticism come to play in the public perception of Black musicians, and how do performers negotiate a living vis-à-vis stereotypes or expectations? Black Music Matters: The Magical Negro is a historical trek through African American musical expressions from the Motherland to the Mothership. Starting with Negro folk music, we journey through minstrelsy, blues, jazz, soul, hip-hop and Afrofuturism, and explore those questions through thoughtful analysis and lively discussion of sound, text, and film.