ICS Lecture: Griots, Soneros and Rappers (Musical Encounters between the Caribbean and Africa)

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 9 lecture series for the 2011-2012 academic year, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Griots, soneros y raperos: Encuentros musicales entre el Caribe y África” [Griots, Soneros and Rappers: Musical Encounters between the Caribbean and Africa], by Dr. Errol L. Montes Pizarro, (Mathematics Department, UPR-Cayey). Dr. Noel Allende-Goitia (Music Education Graduate Program, Inter-American University, Metro Campus) will serve as commentator.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2011, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre, CRA 108 (Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building), School of Social Sciences, Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

Description: Musical relations between some African cultures and the “New World” can be described with the image of a spiral movement of mutual influences. Much has been discussed on the African influences on Caribbean and African-American musical genres. However, not many people are aware that musical exchanges between the Caribbean and Africa are round-trip trajectories. This study will present examples of some of these musical exchanges on the one hand, challenging the metaphor of “roots,” which has dominated much of the conversation about the Hispanic Caribbean on our exchanges with African cultures and, on the other hand, illustrating how Caribbean music has also played crucial roles in the creation of identities in many African nations.

This event will be broadcast LIVE online via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71. Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec@uprrp.edu.

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

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