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'''This course will be available for credit in Winter 2022.''' Enroll using [https://www.beartracks.ualberta.ca/ Bear Tracks].
==Welcome to the Ghana Music Wiki==
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The course is not available in 2020-21.
  
This wiki is dedicated to the University of Alberta's Ghana 9 credit summer study abroad program, entitled West African Music, Dance, Society, and Culture.
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If you are enrolled (or on a waitlist) be sure to [https://forms.gle/R6gVUC1hD5NdddnL9 fill out this form] prior to the first meeting.  The first meeting will be for consent, when I will ask everyone to sing or play something. Only those enrolled for credit need attend. The second meeting will be our first proper rehearsal.
  
The program comprises social science, humanities, and performing arts components, and is formally equivalent to three semester-long University of Alberta courses, ''available at both undergraduate and graduate levels''. There are no prerequisites for these courses, or for the program as a whole.
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Sign up for the '''[http://www.mailman.srv.ualberta.ca/mailman/listinfo/mename MENAME email list]'''.
  
It's also a repository of information about Ghana, West Africa, and Africa as a whole -- with lots of links to music, video, and text.
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New members [[MENAME prospective students | click here]] for more information about the group.  We meet in Studio 27, in the Fine Arts Building, Thursdays at 6:30 - those not taking the course for credit can generally come at 7pm. [https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?mid=1x6RfXWiHcvIw6DzghVTPBk6Ddow&ll=53.4173823883664%2C-113.5519028&z=11 Here's a map].
  
Please read on!
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==Main pages contained in this wiki==
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'''MENAME (Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble) (Music 148, 448, 548)'''<br>
  
==='''[http://ghanamusic.wikia.com/wiki/Main University of Alberta summer study abroad in Ghana]: program overview'''===
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short URL for this page: ''http://bit.ly/MENAME'' or ''http://bit.ly/mename'' or "http://bit.ly/Mename"
  
==='''[http://ghanamusic.wikia.com/wiki/Preparing_for_the_Ghana_program Preparing for the Ghana Program]: what to do before you go'''===
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= Overview =
  
==='''[http://ghanamusic.wikia.com/wiki/Ghana_2013_syllabi Ghana 2013 syllabi] '''===
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The University of Alberta Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble (MENAME) is a University of Alberta course and a community group for the study and performance of music from Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Berber, Hebrew, Nubian, Kurdish, Armenian, and other musical-linguistic communities of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as fusions thereof. Our aim is to learn and appreciate these musical traditions, to use music as a gateway towards broader intercultural understanding, and as a means of forming and maintaining a harmonious intercultural musical community here in Edmonton, bridging all divisions, especially those of ethnicity, nationality, language, and religion.  The course combines academic and performance components. Our repertoire covers various gamuts, from specialized "high art" to participatory folk, from local to regional, from old to new. Besides studying pieces from the region (mostly songs), we also focus on regional musical concepts (tonal and rhythmic) in theory and practice, through a series of in-class exercises developing the ears in new directions.
  
==African news: music, culture, and more==
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The group gathers diverse members: musicians interested in traditions of the region; university students studying the region's culture, society and history; members of language communities; and anyone else who wishes to participate. MENAME was founded by director Michael Frishkopf in 2005 as the Arab Music Group; its scope has gradually expanded to include the Middle East and North Africa.  
===[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3695260.stm The story of Ghanaian Highlife from the BBC (by John Collins)]===
 
  
===[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6289763.stm Ghana's modern musical history from the BBC]===
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Technically the course is listed under University of Alberta's "open studies" program, and thus is accessible to anyone who wants to enroll. And everyone interested is encouraged to do so. Neither musical training, nor knowledge of musical notation, nor the ability to play an instrument, nor fluency in regional languages is a prerequisite. All I ask is that you make a firm commitment to the group for one full year, and participate with energy and enthusiasm.
===[http://manifestmc.com/ m.anifest is an award-winning rapper and songwriter who's performed with Erykah Badu - and he's Prof. Nketia's grandson!]===
 
  
===[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23200705 Ghana's unfinished buildings and sky-high rent]===
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Besides regular meetings, there are also various occasions to perform in public. Minimally, I expect all group members to participate in the final concert (see performances link, below).
  
===[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/arts/martin-bernal-black-athena-scholar-dies-at-76.html?_r=0 Obituary:  Martin Bernal, author of Black Athena ]===
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The course provides 3 course weights per semester and combines performance and academics, the latter including:
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* readings and films
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* weekly short lectures, films or analytical listening
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* a midterm and final, including performance  and academic components
  
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= Meeting place and time =
  
===[http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/liquor-finds-life-ghana-cocktail-scene-19444471 Old Liquor Finds New Life in Ghana Cocktail Scene]===
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We meet every Thursday evening, fall and winter terms, usually from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (but sometimes we start later, or end earlier - join the [http://www.mailman.srv.ualberta.ca/mailman/listinfo/mename mailing list] to be in the know), in [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1x6RfXWiHcvIw6DzghVTPBk6Ddow&usp=sharing Studio 27], Fine Arts Building (FAB) of the University of Alberta campus (between the Timms centre and HUB mall, and next to the bus stop). [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1x6RfXWiHcvIw6DzghVTPBk6Ddow&usp=sharing Studio 27] is just north of the FAB central stairwell, on the second floor. It's on your left as you cross the breezeway from HUB mall to FAB. All are welcome!
  
  
===[http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/timbuktu-libraries-in-exile?c=home Save precious Timbuktu manuscripts!]===
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[https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?mid=1x6RfXWiHcvIw6DzghVTPBk6Ddow MAP of key locations (Studio 27, Convocation Hall, etc.)]
===[https://fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online/DuBoisInOurTime Du Bois in Our Time]...===
 
a landmark exhibition that focuses on the intersection of art and the major issues of our time, centered on the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois and the causes he championed, on the 50th anniversary of his death in Accra, Ghana
 
===[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/meet-mansa-musa-i-of-mali--the-richest-human-being-in-all-history-8213453.html Mansa Musa, 14th century Malian king, was richest human being in all history]===
 
===African Union at 50===
 
  
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22614848 Fifty anthems for the African continent.]  To mark the [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22602946 50th anniversary of the African Union]  this year - formerly the Organisation of African Unity, BBC World Service listeners suggested the African songs that summed up the continent to them.
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= For prospective members =
  
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17679490 Africa Beats] , from the BBC.
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'''[[MENAME prospective students]]''' click here.
  
[http://www.chathamhouse.org/research/africa/current-projects/african-union-50 Chatham House publications]
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= For members =
===[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18495493 Ghana's Azonto Craze]===
 
===[http://thinkafricapress.com/nigeria/fela-kuti-reissues-message-unknown-soldier Fela Kuti Reissues: Message to an Unknown Soldier]===
 
===[http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/world/africa/timbuktu-manuscripts/?hpt=hp_c3 Mali's historic manuscripts]===
 
===[http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2013/05/17/african-voices-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-a.cnn.html A pioneer in West African literature: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]===
 
===[http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/19/showbiz/toumani-diabate-kora-afrocubism/index.html Malian kora legend breaks music barriers]===
 
[http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/19/showbiz/toumani-diabate-kora-afrocubism/index.html Timbuktu's musical muse] , with Mali's Toumani Diabate
 
===[http://allafrica.com/stories/201305280411.html?page=2 Group to Invest N1.4bn in New African Music Platform Called Mokingo]===
 
  
= African Arts and Culture resources =
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Modify subscriptions to our '''[http://www.mailman.srv.ualberta.ca/mailman/listinfo/mename MENAME email list]'''<br>
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Join our '''[http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=23675020746 MENAME Facebook group]''' (Note:  log into Facebook before clicking)
  
== Africa and Africans ==
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== Course outlines and schedules ==
  
=== Africa ===
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[https://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/ccewiki/index.php/MENAME_course_outline_Winter_2022 Click here for the winter 2022 course outline]
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/4generic3.shtml West African Kingdoms ]
 
[http://fotota.hypotheses.org/ Fotota: African Perspectives in Photography]
 
[http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/2013/may/24/african-union-50-year-anniversary African Union at 50 - the dream of Unity]
 
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiAfrica WikiAfrica]
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[https://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/ccewiki/index.php/MENAME_course_outline_Winter_2020 Click here for the winter 2020 course outline]
  
[http://library.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/ Africa South of the Sahara] (Stanford University)
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[https://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/ccewiki/index.php/MENAME_course_outline_Winter_2019 Click here for the winter 2019 course outline]
  
[http://www.africa-union.org/ Africa Union]
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[https://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/ccewiki/index.php/MENAME_course_outline_Winter_2018 Click here for the winter 2018 course outline]
  
[http://www.aluka.org Aluka] (log in via your university library site; if it's not available request a subscription)
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[http://bit.ly/mename16F Click here for the fall 2016 course outline]
  
[http://www.aluka.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/action/showDiscipline?sa=mus Aluka:  Music]
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[https://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/ccewiki/index.php?title=MENAME_course_outline_Winter_2016 Click here for the winter 2016 course outline]
  
[http://afripod.aodl.org/ Africa Past and Present] podcast
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[[MENAME assignments and class schedule 2012 | Click here for the fall 2012 course outline]]
  
[http://www.africaknowledgeproject.org African Knowledge Project], including a set of journals
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== Repertoire ==
  
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/1677555 A History of the African People] by Robert W. July (Long Grove IL : Waveland Press, Inc., 1998). 724 page(s)
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'''[[MENAME repertoire | MENAME repertoire, by year (INCLUDING CURRENT REPERTOIRE) ]]'''
  
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/1679677 Africa & Africans] by Paul Bohannan and Philip Curtin (Long Grove, IL : Waveland Press, Inc., 1964). 316 page(s)
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[http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/MENAME/NEE%20UCLA%20tapes%20-%20mp3s/ Near Eastern Ensemble tapes] (located off-wiki)
  
[http://africanactivist.msu.edu/ African Activist Archive Project]
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[[Repertoire content]] (located on-wiki)
  
[http://www.africaportal.org/ Africa Portal]
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[[Suggested repertoire | Suggestion box]].  Please feel free to add...
  
[http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/verba-africana/ African languages and oral literatures]
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[[Middle Eastern Dance pieces]]
  
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/index.shtml The Story of Africa] (produced by the BBC)
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== MENAME performance programs: past and present ==
  
[http://referenceworks.brillonline.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/browse/african-studies-companion-online Brill's African Studies Companion]
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Links contain schedules; each performance is linked to its program.
  
[http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/dialogue/general-and-regional-histories/general-history-of-africa/volumes General History of Africa] (also in [http://www.unesco.org/new/fr/culture/themes/dialogue/general-and-regional-histories/general-history-of-africa/volumes French)
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'''[[MENAME Final performance Winter 2019]]'''
  
[http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database], with information on more than 35,000 slave voyages
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'''[https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ssp3fW6qEXihbAg1BxQ1g4GV-43Y6TSf Performance Winter 2018]'''<br>
  
[http://www.wdl.org/en/item/684/zoom/#group=1&page=1&zoom=0.1472&centerX=0.5000&centerY=2.1740 Togo under the German Flag]
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'''[[Announcements Fall 2012| Performances (Fall 2012)]]''' <br>
  
=== Africans ===
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'''[[Announcements 2011-012|Performances (2011-12)]]'''<br>
  
[http://www.juliusnyerere.info/ Julius Nyerere]
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'''[[Announcements 2010-011|Performances (2010-11)]]'''<br>
  
[http://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/fanon/index.htm Frantz Fanon]
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'''[[Announcements 2009-010|Performances (2009-10)]]'''<br>
  
[http://www.governmentattic.org/docs/DIA_AnalysisKwameNkrumahOfGhana1966.pdf US Defense intelligence report on Kwame Nkrumah] from 1966
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'''[[Announcements 2008-09|Performances (2008-09)]]'''
  
== General info on Ghana ==
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'''[[Announcements 2007-08|Performances (2007-08)]]'''
[http://wikitravel.org/en/Ghana Wikitravel - Ghana]
 
  
Journals of both historic and scholarly interest:  
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[[Waslas | Other past concert programs]]
  
*[http://www.jstor.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/action/showPublication?journalCode=trangoldcoastogo Transactions of the Gold Coast & Togoland Historical Society]
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= Videos and audios online =  
*[http://www.jstor.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/action/showPublication?journalCode=tranhistsocighan Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana]
 
  
[http://www.ghana.travel/ghana/festivals/ Ghana festivals]
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[https://vimeo.com/album/5882561 Vimeo collection] (password: emanem)
  
[http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/tourism/festivals.php more Ghana festivals]
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[https://vimeo.com/24799010 At the Winspear]
  
[http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/ghtoc.html Library of Congress country study]
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbas8HeTEak&t=245s  A night (mainly) in Tunisia!] (the 2018 MENAME concert)
  
[http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/ghana-125817 Ghana], by Rachel Naylor (Oxfam Country Study series)
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[https://soundcloud.com/uofamusic/sets/2014-15-review-for-ckua/s-jMbnJ Soundcloud concerts]
  
[https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gh.html CIA World Factbook]
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= Other online resources =
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== MENAME recordings ==
  
[http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2860.htm US Dept of State]
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[[YouTube videos]] of MENA area songs
  
[http://www.statsghana.gov.gh/ Ghana Statistical Service]
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Performances by MENAME:
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke-IndJ9Nm0 Benefit for Edmonton Interfaith, Jan 31, 2016]
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z87_jOQPex0 Fall sampler 2013]
  
[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles/1023355.stm BBC]
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==  Regional music links (with audio, notations, bios, etc.) ==
  
[http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/ghana/index.html NYT]
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[[Arab music URLs]]
  
[http://www.kidon.com/media-link/gh.php Ghana news and media]
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[[Turkish music URLs]]
  
[http://www.touringghana.com/ Ghana tourism]
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[[Iranian music URLS]]
  
[http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/6/newsid_2515000/2515459.stm Ghana Independence Day]
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[[Kurdish music URLs]]
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fERuaTg93II][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg6_Jixw7FU&feature=related]
 
  
[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/travel/09ghana.html New York Times travel section article about Ghana] (August 9, 2009)
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[[Israeli music URLs]]
  
[http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/verba-africana/ewe/main.htm Ewe stories]
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[[Dance URLs]]
  
[http://lit.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/blfi/view/1000063401 The Ewe Speaking Peoples of the Slave Coast of West Africa], by A. B. Ellis.
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== Theory, ear training, practica ==
  
[http://www.wdl.org/en/item/2552/#regions=africa&countries=GH Ghana, One Year Old: a First Independence Anniversary Review]
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=== MENA music theory and practice ===
  
[http://www.wdl.org/en/item/651/#regions=africa&countries=GH Ghana’s Policy at Home and Abroad: Text of Speech Given in the Ghana Parliament, August 29, 1957]
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MENA = Middle East and North Africa...what follows are the relevant links for music theory.
  
[http://www.wdl.org/en/item/9220/zoom/#group=1&page=1&zoom=0.3538&centerX=0.5000&centerY=0.7908 Adoo Quamina, 1820], captain and courtier to the Ashanti king
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[https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1cJa88-6I1cfQT6P7DP7plCqyWn0CoSCd?usp=sharing Michael's resources]:  PDF files providing basic maqamat and iqa`at (rhythms) for Arab music of Egypt/Levant (with a separate folder for Maghrib)
  
== Music of West Africa and beyond ==
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[http://www.maqamworld.com MaqamWorld]: extensive treatment of maqamat, instruments, forms, and iqa`at (durub) (for Egypt and the Levant only)
  
[http://library.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/music.html?newwindow=true African music on the Internet]
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[https://offtonic.com/theory/book/7-9.html Offtonic presentation of Arabic music theory]
  
[http://www.africaknowledgeproject.org/index.php/amd African Music Database]
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[http://maqamlessons.com/ Maqam Lessons]:  an excellent theoretical overview, with practical lessons and illustrative analyses
  
[http://www.ghanaexpo.com/ Ghana Expo] - includes music, TV, films, and more...
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[http://www.alsiadi.com/maqamat.html Alsiadi maqamat]
  
[http://www.ghanamusic.com/ Ghana Music]
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[http://www.khafif.com/rhy/ Ja's Middle Eastern Rhythms]:  detailed treatment of rhythms (you'll find dozens!) featuring a [http://www.khafif.com/rhy/rhygen.html remarkable MIDI rhythm generator] that will play any rhythm notated using special symbols to indicate the various drum strokes
  
[http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=E263225CF557A2EB My youtube playlist]
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[http://www.shira.net/advice/learning/zills-44.htm Finger cymbal patterns]
  
[http://www.uni-hildesheim.de/ntama/ Ntama: Journal of African Music and Popular Culture]
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[http://babayagamusic.com/Music/oriental-dance-rhythm-diagrams-and-descriptions.htm Rhythms]
  
[http://www.musicinghana.com/ Music in Ghana] [http://www.musicinghana.com/migsite/index.php]
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[https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1KoxrTDYG0VBM-MEJpnJ1Cn_Tt4ojrdVw&ll=25.83264822920758%2C34.79211332712407&z=4 Maqam places]. The word maqam can mean:  a literary genre, a saint's shrine, a musical mode, or a place or rank. And in fact many maqam names come from places. This map shows some of them.  (Others -- along with the names of scale degrees -- are derived from the Persian numbers, coming ultimately from Indo-European:  yek, doh, se, chehar...)
  
[http://music.thinkghana.com/ Music news in Ghana]
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=== Western music theory training ===
  
[http://www.ghanabase.com/ Ghanabase]
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[http://musictheory.net/ introductory music theory], simple introduction to Western music notation, for those who'd like to learn.
  
[http://www.ghanamusic.co.uk/ Music videos]
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[http://www.teoria.com Tutorials in music theory]:  more advanced training in Western music notation and music theory.
  
[http://www.hiplifelovers.com/ Hiplife]
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=== Instruments ===
  
[http://blogs.voanews.com/african-music-treasures/ African Music on VOA]
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[https://oudmigrations.com/ Oud Migrations]
  
Wikipedia articles on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Ghana Ghana], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_African_music West Africa] (limited, but good for links)
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[https://issuu.com/elmasrylatif/docs/encyclopedia_of_the_nay_in_egypt All about the nay (reed flute)]
  
[http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/audio/ Ghana web music]
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[http://www.georgedimitrisawa.com/the-qanun George Sawa's qanun (plucked zither) page]
  
[http://www.ghanamv.com/ Ghana music videos]
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[http://www.oudforguitarists.com/ Oud for Guitarists], a site designed to teach oud and Arab music to guitarists
  
[http://www.afromix.org/html/musique/pays/ghana/index.en.html Afromix]
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[https://danielpaulschnee.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/saxophone-quarter-tone-charts/ Microtonal saxophone fingerings from Dan Schnee]
  
[http://www.museke.com/ghana Music lyrics]
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCX6Aq5AEd4 Amazing "oriental" piano style performed by Magdi al-Husseini]
  
[http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/view/page.basic/country/content.country/ghana_19 National Geographic World Music Guide]
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=== Tuning ===
  
[http://www.dagaramusic.com/ Dagara xylophone music center] outside Accra
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A440_(pitch_standard) A440 tuning fork]
  
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/q6gb Hiplife compilation (BBC review)]
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[https://www.alexdemartos.es/wtuner/ Microphone tuner] (use it to practice singing quartertones!)
  
[http://musc265.blogs.wesleyan.edu/african-hip-hop/ African hip hop]
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=== Ear work ===
  
[http://library.brown.edu/cds/koetting/ James Koetting Ghana Field Recording Collection at Brown University]
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http://trainer.thetamusic.com/
  
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCmsLzFibI4 Asafo][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG_OMhqS3Lc]
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and this new one :  http://www.meludia.com/en/
  
== African American and Africana studies ==
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=== Transliterating Middle Eastern / North African languages ===
  
[[W.E.B. DuBois]]
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[https://ijmes.chass.ncsu.edu/docs/TransChart.pdf  International Journal of Middle East Studies standard]
  
Frederick Douglass
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==== Arabic ====
http://www.iupui.edu/~douglass/
 
  
Booker T Washington
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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanization_of_Arabic Summary of Romanization standards]
http://www.historycooperative.org/btw/
 
 
 
George Padmore
 
http://www.georgepadmoreinstitute.org/
 
http://www.marxists.org./archive/padmore/index.htm
 
 
 
[[Marcus Garvey]]
 
 
 
Martin Luther King
 
http://www.kinginstitute.info/
 
 
 
Claudia Jones
 
http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=h-afro-am&month=1109&week=a&msg=fVcO9M3iTeVcDqi9q3okfw&user=&pw=
 
 
 
John Henrik Clarke
 
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/afprl/dr.-john-henrik-clarke
 
 
 
Ida B Wells
 
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/findingaids/view.php?eadid=ICU.SPCL.IBWELLS
 
 
 
Ella Baker
 
http://www.nypl.org/sites/default/files/archivalcollections/pdf/scmmg630.pdf
 
 
 
Maulana Karenga
 
http://www.maulanakarenga.org/
 
 
 
Cheikh Anta Diop
 
http://www.gambia.dk/antadiop.html
 
 
 
Walter Rodney
 
http://www.guyanacaribbeanpolitics.com/wpa/rodney_bio.html
 
 
 
http://www.blackeducator.org/
 
 
 
== Film and video: Africa, West Africa, Diaspora, and related ==
 
 
 
Note: Some of these links may not work without logging in first. For Films on Demand (http://digital.films.com) you can access from anywhere by visiting the UofA Library site and searching for database: "Films on Demand", then search for the title you wish to screen. You can also create an account allowing you to login directly to digital.films.com. All titles are provided below.
 
 
 
=== Overviews of African history===
 
 
 
Basil Davidson's acclaimed BBC Africa series
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po1RGmzfnNY&feature=plcp part 1]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWS1oUb9PqM part 2]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F85dMajmbo0 part 3]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gllHXycznYY part 4]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_ONSlDEaoQ part 5]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMK0oOxccMA part 6]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV__Tvv02KU part 7]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1j1Bv5f-e0 part 8]
 
 
 
 
 
[http://dickinsg.intrasun.tcnj.edu/films/videos.html Overviews of three major documentary series by Basil Davidson, Ali Mazrui, and Henry Louis Gates]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=39458&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Africa%20Calling:%20An%20Appeal%20for%20Understanding&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID=15653 Africa calling]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=36129&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Journeys%20into%20Islamic%20Africa&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Journeys into Islamic Africa]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=31941&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=African%20Art&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= African Art]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=43767&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=West%20Africa&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID=19830 West Africa]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=3077&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=The%20Glories%20of%20Ancient%20Benin&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= The Glories of Ancient Benin]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=41675&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Great%20Empires%20of%20the%20Past:%20Core%20Concepts%20Video%20Clip%20Library&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=# Medieval West Africa]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=41675&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Great%20Empires%20of%20the%20Past:%20Core%20Concepts%20Video%20Clip%20Library&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=# Ancient Ghana]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/PortalViewVideo.aspx?tid=19447&loid=102018&IsSearch=Y The Mande people of the Mali empire]
 
 
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=3078 The Bambara Kingdom of Segu (Mali)]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=44114&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Dark%20Passages%20&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Dark passages] (Slave trade)
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=3064 Door of no return] (slave trade)
 
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTjBNppdk-M Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa]
 
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wogv4hccZs Berlin 1885, la ruée sur l'Afrique 1/6] (other parts present also; in French)
 
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgzSnZidGuU Africa: States of independence - the scramble for Africa]. al-Jazeera special on 17 African nations independent for 50 years in 2010.
 
 
 
=== African society, culture, music, religion, and politics ===
 
 
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/portalsearch.aspx?pstid=15653 The Call of Africa]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=36197 Africa's West Coast]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=39450 Miraculous Water: The Effects of Scarcity and Abundance in Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mali]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=39457 More Than Just a Game: Competitions and Celebrations in Ethiopia, Ghana, Niger, Senegal, and Sudan]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=39451 Paper Gods: Aspects of Religion in Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mali]. See section 10 on a witchcraft village in northern Ghana.
 
 
 
[http://reelafrican.com Reel African]. Collection of online video content. May not all be accessible from your location.
 
 
 
'''Africa: who is to blame?''' A film featuring Ghana's former President J.J. Rawlings
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=35896&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Africa:%20Who%20Is%20to%20Blame?&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&loid=36373 President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana (04:33)]
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=35896&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Africa:%20Who%20Is%20to%20Blame?&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&loid=36373# Slavery, Colonialism, and Corrupt Democracy (05:06)]
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=35896&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Africa:%20Who%20Is%20to%20Blame?&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&loid=36373# Visions for Africa's Future (02:01)]
 
 
 
[http://www.blogtalkradio.com/africanviews/2013/04/26/yi-is-soccer-more-than-just-a-sport-to-africans IIs Soccer more than just a Sport to Africans?]
 
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kUsGB1nMpE DEATH METAL ANGOLA - Trailer # 1]
 
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABSgpqtiMoA African Underground: Hip Hop in Senegal]
 
 
 
=== West Africa generally ===
 
 
 
[https://www.youtube.com/user/CDROYburkina Short videos about West Africa] (Burkina Faso, Ghana...)
 
 
 
[http://films.nfb.ca/nollywood-babylon/ Nollywood Babylon, on the Nigerian film industry] (from the National Film Board of Canada)
 
 
 
'''Jean Rouch''': seminal French documentary filmmaker-anthropologist, who developed a style of reflexive documentary filmmaking called "cinéma-vérité", blurring boundaries ordinarily separating subject and observer, as well as those separating fiction and non-fiction genres. Rouch is well known for representing West Africa in his films.
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbKwC8OBQx4 Jean Rouch's classic "Les Maîtres Fous"]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAsg4_dLlzg Circoncision] - Jean Rouch
 
* [http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/765178/play/true/ Screening Room with Jean Rouch], by Gardner Robert (Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1980) 78 minutes.
 
* See: http://www.maitres-fous.net/home.html
 
 
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=41987&loid=92215&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=A%20Fresh%20Look%20at%20Mali,%20Ghana,%20and%20Nigeria&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= A Fresh Look at Mali, Ghana, and Nigeria.]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=49791&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=This%20Is%20Nollywood&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Nollywood]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=49727&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Keita:%20The%20Heritage%20of%20the%20Griot&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Keita: The Heritage of the Griot]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=9050&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Chinua%20Achebe:%20Africas%20Voice&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Chinua Achebe][http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=4936&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Chinua%20Achebe&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID=]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=41966&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Wole%20Soyinka:%20Child%20of%20the%20Forest&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Wole Soyinka]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=37638&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Islamic%20Art:%20Africa%20and%20Central%20Asia&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Art] (see #10-13)
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=49783&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Liberia:%20An%20Uncivil%20War&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Liberia: An uncivil war]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=39447&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Who%20Controls%20Africa?%20Power%20Structures%20in%20Ghana,%20Guinea-Bissau,%20and%20Mali&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID=15653 Who controls Africa? Power Structures in Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=50443 West Africa—Ghana and the Ivory Coast: Globe Trekker]. Typical cheerily youth-oriented TV documentary, following the backpacker route and reveling in its culture more than cultural empathy or interpretation... but of our destinations are highlighted in parts 1-12.
 
 
 
=== Ghana, its history, culture, and music ===
 
 
 
==== History ====
 
 
 
[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC8odNveIauyKGDYsvVbWcxaXhRH5LbzD Ghana's history], in 3 parts ([http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjBcRMjOWzg 1.] See esp. 26:45 Nkrumah's speech and E.T. Mensah on his highlife song, "Freedom". [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWsobQwAOBs 2],[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVj_olyhYX0 3]) Collage of documentaries and news reels - some great footage. Also [www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=lC8JU6jxHgw].
 
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIr09k_LMoE Dr Kwame Nkrumah] (short piece from History Channel)
 
 
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C-aDqgVqzY Yaa Asantewa: Warrior Queen of Ghana][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzRooY04SHM Yaa Asantewaa and the Golden Stool]. Yaa Asantewaa was a courageous queen who ruled the Asantes and defended against the British.
 
 
 
[http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/search-content?page=2&terms4=Gold%20Coast Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire], containing many online films about the Gold Coast, e.g. [http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/211 Gold Coast Police Band's visit to London in 1947], [http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/332][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/1280][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/6021][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/1705 Prince of Wales in Gold Coast],[http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/615][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/2566][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/757 colonialism][http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/node/5735]
 
 
 
==== Culture and Society ====
 
 
 
Environment, entertainment, health, economy...
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=3076&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=The%20Ashanti%20Kingdom%20(Ghana)&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= The Asante Kingdom]
 
 
 
''Changing Nature: Population and Environment at a Crossroads''. A view of Ghana's environmental issues, especially the rain forests, and their relation to human health and economic welfare...
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=34210&loid=28527&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Changing%20Nature:%20Population%20and%20Environment%20at%20a%20Crossroads&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= Ghana's Threatened Spirit (04:48)]
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=34210&loid=28527&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Changing%20Nature:%20Population%20and%20Environment%20at%20a%20Crossroads&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=# Exploitation and Sustainability in Ghana (02:50)]
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=34210&loid=28527&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Changing%20Nature:%20Population%20and%20Environment%20at%20a%20Crossroads&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=# Ghana's mining camps (04:18)]
 
* [http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=34210&loid=28527&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Changing%20Nature:%20Population%20and%20Environment%20at%20a%20Crossroads&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=# Ghana's Public Health Efforts (03:54)]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/1689388/play/true/ Salt Harvesters of Ghana] (Filmakers Library) 18 minutes. Focus on women's roles in traditional salt production in Ada, near the Volta river.
 
 
 
 
 
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/1796766 Dreams of Catches Unlimited], in Riches from the Deep 2 (Nordic World) 52 minutes. ''NB: Fast forward to 22:00 and watch to 35:15.'' Centered on fish production near Tema. Includes fishermen's work songs, and focusses on women's roles. We will see lots of fishing villages in Ghana.
 
 
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=41987&loid=92215&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=A%20Fresh%20Look%20at%20Mali,%20Ghana,%20and%20Nigeria&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= A Fresh Look at Mali, Ghana, and Nigeria.] Watch especially parts 5-8 on Ghana (plus #11, on hip-hop in Lagos).
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=48875# Ghana: TV in Africa]. This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Ghana through the lens of that country’s television programming.
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=6135 Healers of Ghana]. (A traditional voiceover style documentary, a bit dated in some ways, but providing some unique views...) This program explores the traditional medical practices of the Bono people of central Ghana and how their healers are cooperating with Western doctors, using herbs and spiritualism to improve health-care delivery in rural areas. Traditionally, Bono tribal priests undergo a painful spiritual possession, during which deities reveal to them the causes of illnesses, which plants to use to treat them, who is perpetrating witchcraft, and which villagers might be endangering society through improper behavior. The program features vibrant dance and possession ceremonies, set against the backdrop of the Bono villages, which are awash with color. (58 minutes)
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=39449&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Dying%20in%20Africa:%20Perspectives%20on%20the%20End%20of%20Life%20in%20Burkina%20Faso,%20Ghana,%20Mali,%20and%20South%20Africa&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= Dying in Africa: Perspectives on the End of Life in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, and South Africa]. Watch first three segments (on Ghana), and final segment on funeral music (in Burkina Faso)
 
 
 
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/1646954/play/true/ A Mysterious Death], by Bulmer John and Errington Sarah, in Under the Sun (British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 1999) 49 minutes.
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=49235 Asante Market Women: Disappearing World]. Focus on Kumasi's enormous central market, and the role there of women. Fascinating documentary.
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=33563# Guinea worm]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=43880 The Interconnected World: An Inside Look at the IMF and Its Impact (45:00)]. See segments 9-11, with focus on Ghana's emerging oil economy. This program guides viewers through the history, mission, and real-world impact of the International Monetary Fund. Topics include...Ghana’s challenges in ensuring that oil revenues benefit the country.
 
 
 
==== Music ====
 
 
 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAzeMQ3l1q4 Highlife: Ghana's Musical Soul] (History of Highlife)
 
 
 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJKP4PPMzhE Freedom Highlife], by E.T. Mensah and the Tempos
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=6434&loid= Listening to the Silence: African Cross Rhythms] (featuring Ewe music, Prof. John Collins, and many other wonderful things)
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,123 Singing Fishermen of Ghana]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=10510&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=The%20Drums%20of%20Dagbon&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= The Drums of Dagbon]
 
 
 
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18495493 Could Ghana's new Azonto dance craze take over the world?]. Azonto is [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkLYlWGrFnc Ghana's latest dance style], and it's spread like wildfire, even to [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vHAPqOTOMs London], [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wRueD2NjYE Scandinavia], and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwipVO0J0IU Canada], far from its roots lie in inner-city Jamestown.
 
 
 
==== Representing Ghana ====
 
 
 
[http://anth.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/765060/play/true/ Passing Girl: Riverside An Essay On Camera Work], by Braun Kwame (Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1998) 24 minutes.
 
 
 
=== The African Diaspora: history, culture, music ===
 
 
 
Linking Africa to the New World...and back again
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?JW=1&xtid=49793 Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North]. Katrina Browne was shocked to discover that her distinguished Rhode Island forebears had been part of the largest slave-trading dynasty in American history. Once she started digging, Browne found the evidence everywhere—in ledgers, ships’ logs, letters, and even in a local nursery rhyme. This film documents one family’s painful confrontation with their ancestors’ involvement in the slave trade, and in so doing reveals the pivotal role slavery played in the growth of the American economy.
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=30606&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Wrapped%20in%20Pride:%20The%20Story%20of%20Kente%20in%20America&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID= Wrapped in Pride: The Story of Kente in America]
 
 
 
[http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=6974&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Too%20Close%20to%20Heaven:%20The%20History%20of%20Gospel%20Music&IsSearch=N&parentSeriesID= Too Close to Heaven: The History of Gospel Music]
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,166 Family Across the Sea]
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,59 Gravel Springs Fife and Drum]
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,122 Afro-American Work Songs in a Texas Prison]
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,82 Black Delta Religion]
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,54 Joy Uspeakable] (Pentecostals in Indiana)
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,109 The Land Where Blues Began], by Alan Lomax
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,52 The Music District]
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,185 Music Masters and Rhythm Kings]
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,194 The Performed Word]
 
 
 
[http://www.folkstreams.net/film,72 Fannie Bell Chapman: Gospel Singer]
 
 
 
== Maps ==
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780199652921.001.0001/acref-9780199652921 World Maps (Oxford)]
 
* [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=108906578218077644238.000466c231101f447cd3d&t=h&z=6 Google Map showing locations we'll likely visit on the summer program]
 
* [http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/maps/MAPAFRICA.HTML Historical maps]
 
* [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/africa.html Modern maps]
 
* [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/west_africa/ West Africa maps]
 
* [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ghana.html Ghana maps]
 
* [http://africamap.harvard.edu/ Harvard's Africa Map project]
 
* [http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/afrquiz.html interactive map quiz for countries]
 
* [http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/afrcapquiz.html interactive map quiz for capitals]
 
* [[African geography as a network]]
 
* [http://www.wdl.org/en/item/55/ 1820 Map of Africa]
 
* [http://www.wdl.org/en/item/100/#regions=middle-east-and-north-africa&end_year=1910&start_year=1099 1889 Trading Routes of the Sahara]
 
* [http://www.wdl.org/en/item/2586/zoom/#group=1&page=1&zoom=0.6224&centerX=0.5000&centerY=0.4496 Guinea Itself, as Well as the Greatest Portion of Nigritia or the Land of the Blacks, the One Called Ethiopia Inferior by Modern Geographers, the Other Southern Ethiopia]
 
 
 
== Blogs ==
 
 
 
[http://blogs.uit.tufts.edu/tuftskiniweinghana/ Tufts Kiniwe trip to Ghana]
 
 
 
== Reference ==
 
 
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780195337709.001.0001/acref-9780195337709 Ency. of Africa]
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780199652921.001.0001/acref-9780199652921 World Maps (Oxford)]
 
* [http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/subscriber/ Oxford Music Online]
 
* [http://glnd.alexanderstreet.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/ Garland Ency. of World Music]
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780195173697.001.0001/acref-9780195173697 Int'l Ency. of Dance]
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780195139778.001.0001/acref-9780195139778 Int'l Ency. of Linguistics]
 
* [http://www.oxfordreference.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780199574193.001.0001/acref-9780199574193 Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance]
 
 
 
== Bibliography ==
 
 
 
See reference works above. Also:
 
 
 
[http://dl.lib.brown.edu/koetting/bibliography.html Brown University], bibliography on Ghanaian music 
 

Revision as of 12:19, 24 October 2021

This course will be available for credit in Winter 2022. Enroll using Bear Tracks. The course is not available in 2020-21.

If you are enrolled (or on a waitlist) be sure to fill out this form prior to the first meeting. The first meeting will be for consent, when I will ask everyone to sing or play something. Only those enrolled for credit need attend. The second meeting will be our first proper rehearsal.

Sign up for the MENAME email list.

New members click here for more information about the group. We meet in Studio 27, in the Fine Arts Building, Thursdays at 6:30 - those not taking the course for credit can generally come at 7pm. Here's a map.


MENAME (Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble) (Music 148, 448, 548)

short URL for this page: http://bit.ly/MENAME or http://bit.ly/mename or "http://bit.ly/Mename"

Overview

The University of Alberta Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble (MENAME) is a University of Alberta course and a community group for the study and performance of music from Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Berber, Hebrew, Nubian, Kurdish, Armenian, and other musical-linguistic communities of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as fusions thereof. Our aim is to learn and appreciate these musical traditions, to use music as a gateway towards broader intercultural understanding, and as a means of forming and maintaining a harmonious intercultural musical community here in Edmonton, bridging all divisions, especially those of ethnicity, nationality, language, and religion. The course combines academic and performance components. Our repertoire covers various gamuts, from specialized "high art" to participatory folk, from local to regional, from old to new. Besides studying pieces from the region (mostly songs), we also focus on regional musical concepts (tonal and rhythmic) in theory and practice, through a series of in-class exercises developing the ears in new directions.

The group gathers diverse members: musicians interested in traditions of the region; university students studying the region's culture, society and history; members of language communities; and anyone else who wishes to participate. MENAME was founded by director Michael Frishkopf in 2005 as the Arab Music Group; its scope has gradually expanded to include the Middle East and North Africa.

Technically the course is listed under University of Alberta's "open studies" program, and thus is accessible to anyone who wants to enroll. And everyone interested is encouraged to do so. Neither musical training, nor knowledge of musical notation, nor the ability to play an instrument, nor fluency in regional languages is a prerequisite. All I ask is that you make a firm commitment to the group for one full year, and participate with energy and enthusiasm.

Besides regular meetings, there are also various occasions to perform in public. Minimally, I expect all group members to participate in the final concert (see performances link, below).

The course provides 3 course weights per semester and combines performance and academics, the latter including:

  • readings and films
  • weekly short lectures, films or analytical listening
  • a midterm and final, including performance and academic components

Meeting place and time

We meet every Thursday evening, fall and winter terms, usually from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (but sometimes we start later, or end earlier - join the mailing list to be in the know), in Studio 27, Fine Arts Building (FAB) of the University of Alberta campus (between the Timms centre and HUB mall, and next to the bus stop). Studio 27 is just north of the FAB central stairwell, on the second floor. It's on your left as you cross the breezeway from HUB mall to FAB. All are welcome!


MAP of key locations (Studio 27, Convocation Hall, etc.)

For prospective members

MENAME prospective students click here.

For members

Modify subscriptions to our MENAME email list
Join our MENAME Facebook group (Note: log into Facebook before clicking)

Course outlines and schedules

Click here for the winter 2022 course outline

Click here for the winter 2020 course outline

Click here for the winter 2019 course outline

Click here for the winter 2018 course outline

Click here for the fall 2016 course outline

Click here for the winter 2016 course outline

Click here for the fall 2012 course outline

Repertoire

MENAME repertoire, by year (INCLUDING CURRENT REPERTOIRE)

Near Eastern Ensemble tapes (located off-wiki)

Repertoire content (located on-wiki)

Suggestion box. Please feel free to add...

Middle Eastern Dance pieces

MENAME performance programs: past and present

Links contain schedules; each performance is linked to its program.

MENAME Final performance Winter 2019

Performance Winter 2018

Performances (Fall 2012)

Performances (2011-12)

Performances (2010-11)

Performances (2009-10)

Performances (2008-09)

Performances (2007-08)

Other past concert programs

Videos and audios online

Vimeo collection (password: emanem)

At the Winspear

A night (mainly) in Tunisia! (the 2018 MENAME concert)

Soundcloud concerts

Other online resources

MENAME recordings

YouTube videos of MENA area songs

Performances by MENAME:

Regional music links (with audio, notations, bios, etc.)

Arab music URLs

Turkish music URLs

Iranian music URLS

Kurdish music URLs

Israeli music URLs

Dance URLs

Theory, ear training, practica

MENA music theory and practice

MENA = Middle East and North Africa...what follows are the relevant links for music theory.

Michael's resources: PDF files providing basic maqamat and iqa`at (rhythms) for Arab music of Egypt/Levant (with a separate folder for Maghrib)

MaqamWorld: extensive treatment of maqamat, instruments, forms, and iqa`at (durub) (for Egypt and the Levant only)

Offtonic presentation of Arabic music theory

Maqam Lessons: an excellent theoretical overview, with practical lessons and illustrative analyses

Alsiadi maqamat

Ja's Middle Eastern Rhythms: detailed treatment of rhythms (you'll find dozens!) featuring a remarkable MIDI rhythm generator that will play any rhythm notated using special symbols to indicate the various drum strokes

Finger cymbal patterns

Rhythms

Maqam places. The word maqam can mean: a literary genre, a saint's shrine, a musical mode, or a place or rank. And in fact many maqam names come from places. This map shows some of them. (Others -- along with the names of scale degrees -- are derived from the Persian numbers, coming ultimately from Indo-European: yek, doh, se, chehar...)

Western music theory training

introductory music theory, simple introduction to Western music notation, for those who'd like to learn.

Tutorials in music theory: more advanced training in Western music notation and music theory.

Instruments

Oud Migrations

All about the nay (reed flute)

George Sawa's qanun (plucked zither) page

Oud for Guitarists, a site designed to teach oud and Arab music to guitarists

Microtonal saxophone fingerings from Dan Schnee

Amazing "oriental" piano style performed by Magdi al-Husseini

Tuning

A440 tuning fork

Microphone tuner (use it to practice singing quartertones!)

Ear work

http://trainer.thetamusic.com/

and this new one : http://www.meludia.com/en/

Transliterating Middle Eastern / North African languages

International Journal of Middle East Studies standard

Arabic

Summary of Romanization standards