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Djembe Drum Carving In Accra Cultural Market, Kevin Booker, Aaron Carter-Enyi Jul 2018

Djembe Drum Carving In Accra Cultural Market, Kevin Booker, Aaron Carter-Enyi

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Dean Kevin Booker of Morehouse College recorded this video of his last name being carved into his new djembe purchased in the Accra Cultural Market, next to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial.


Pitch Polarity In Praise Singing And Hip-Hop: Evidence For An Underrepresented Poetic Feature, William S. Dula, Aaron Carter-Enyi, David Oludaisi Aina, Nathaniel Condit-Schultz Mar 2018

Pitch Polarity In Praise Singing And Hip-Hop: Evidence For An Underrepresented Poetic Feature, William S. Dula, Aaron Carter-Enyi, David Oludaisi Aina, Nathaniel Condit-Schultz

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Tonal counterpoint is a common device in the oral improvisatory tradition of Yorùbá oríkì (praise-singing), first documented by Ọlátunji (1984). Both tonal and counterpoint are terms familiar to musicians, but the meaning here is the linguistic tonal, not the harmonic, and the rhetorical counterpoint, not polyphonic. Ọlátunji describes couplets in which each phrase is parallel if not identical in terms of phonic content and the first sets up a tonal expectancy for the second. The contrast might also be between words within a single phrase. There are three primary categories of tonal counterpoint in Yorùbá oríkì: parallelism of similar words ...


Not Afro-Beat: The Hegemonic Possession Of A Musical Genre, Odyke Nzewi, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Quintina Carter-Enyi, David Oludaisi Aina Mar 2018

Not Afro-Beat: The Hegemonic Possession Of A Musical Genre, Odyke Nzewi, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Quintina Carter-Enyi, David Oludaisi Aina

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Synchronous movements for African independence and American civil rights emboldened each other, inspiring a global flourish of black popular music. Fẹla Kuti is celebrated in literature and media but his contemporaries are largely forgotten. According to Waterman (2002), “Afro-beat music was associated almost exclusively with one charismatic figure.” This is reinforced by Moore (1982), Olaniyan (2004) and others. Nigerian journalist Tam Fiofori and the multiple-author blog “afrobeat, afrofunk, afrojazz, afrorock, african-boogie...” tell a different story. In 1960s Lagos, a nascent musical movement formed fusing Highlife and African-American popular music, fortified by James Brown’s 1970 tour of West Africa (Emielu ...


The Language Agenda In Post-Colonial African Music, Quintina Carter-Enyi Mar 2018

The Language Agenda In Post-Colonial African Music, Quintina Carter-Enyi

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

For post-colonial African musicians, decolonization became an imperative. For musicians, singing in one’s native language was no longer merely creative expression, it took on a more significant role in decolonizing the African continent. This was also the case for composers, particularly those who traveled abroad to study in conservatories and universities in the United Kingdom or the United States of America.

In Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o makes a case for African literature to be written in African languages. He also points out that singers and musicians have resisted mental colonization by retaining indigenous musical practices and ...


Ghana And The Trans-Atlantic Slavetrade, De-Valera Botchway, Aaron Carter-Enyi Jan 2018

Ghana And The Trans-Atlantic Slavetrade, De-Valera Botchway, Aaron Carter-Enyi

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Dr. De-Valera Botchway of University of Cape Coast delivers a lecture on the history of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade with special attention to the ethnic groups of Ghana (formerly known as Gold Coast). The role of Christianity, and whether it was part of a system of oppression or a means of liberation, becomes a matter of debate during the question and answer with Morehouse students.


Melodic Language And Linguistic Melodies: Singing In Tone Languages, Aaron Carter-Enyi Nov 2017

Melodic Language And Linguistic Melodies: Singing In Tone Languages, Aaron Carter-Enyi

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Approximately 60% of the world’s languages are tonal, wherein alterations of pitch change the meaning of words. Two-syllable words in Yorùbá can have as many as five separate meanings, and single- syllable words in Mandarin up to four. Among tone-language speakers, acute pitch sensitivity is developed at an early age as part of language acquisition. The result is that speakers of tone languages are generally more sensitive to pitch than stress-language speakers. For speakers of stress languages, it is difficult to conceive of this other aurality, in which sound is perceived in a different way. But music holds the ...


Veronica Davis Gerald On Gullah Culture, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Corrie Claiborne, Samuel Livingston, Veronica Davis Gerald Aug 2017

Veronica Davis Gerald On Gullah Culture, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Corrie Claiborne, Samuel Livingston, Veronica Davis Gerald

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Veronica Davis Gerald is Director of the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University. In this video abstract, she discusses her identity as both a scholar and native of the Gullah culture. This informs her collaborative work with the Charles Joyner Institute and Gullah communities of the Waccamaw Neck region of South Carolina.


Ron Daise Reads De Nyew Testament, Luke 2:1-5, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Corrie Claiborne, Samuel Livingston, Ronald Daise Aug 2017

Ron Daise Reads De Nyew Testament, Luke 2:1-5, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Corrie Claiborne, Samuel Livingston, Ronald Daise

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Cultural preservationist Ron Daise reads a passage from the Gullah Sea Island Creole Translation of the New Testament. He then reads the parallel passage in the King James Version. Ron and his wife, Natalie, worked on the translation of the Bible into Gullah.


Aku Kadogo Talks About "Salt City, A Techno-Choreo Poem", Zari Mcfadden, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Aku Kadogo Aug 2017

Aku Kadogo Talks About "Salt City, A Techno-Choreo Poem", Zari Mcfadden, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Aku Kadogo

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Jessica Care Moore (poet) and Aku Kadogo (choreographer, Spelman College) have developed a techno-choreopoem entitled Salt City. The work celebrates Black culture in Detroit: “the African-American presence in the city … [and] techno-music that was pioneered by African-American men straight out of the Detroit Metropolitan Area” (McFadden and Kadogo 2017). Kadogo was a founding member of the cast of Shange’s For Colored Girls and has worked in the genre for forty years.


Uzee Brown And His Society Of Choraliers, William S. Dula, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Uzee Brown Jr. Aug 2017

Uzee Brown And His Society Of Choraliers, William S. Dula, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Uzee Brown Jr.

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Uzee Brown, Professor and Chair of the Morehouse College Department of Music, talks about growing up in the Piedmont region of South Carolina. Once he came to Morehouse, Prof. Wendell P. Whalum encouraged him to pursue research on the oral traditions of South Carolina and he saw the folk music he grew up with in a new light. This has culminated in a collection of rare spirituals which he has arranged and recorded with his choir, the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers.


Cynthia Hewitt On Queen Mothers Of Ghana, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Corrie Claiborne, Cynthia Lucas Hewitt Jul 2017

Cynthia Hewitt On Queen Mothers Of Ghana, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Corrie Claiborne, Cynthia Lucas Hewitt

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Dr. Cynthia Hewitt of Morehouse College talks about a forthcoming article in the Journal of Black Studies. She has researched Queen Mothers of Ghana for a decade and found that they provide a counterpoint to patriarchal society. According to Hewitt, there are also many Queen Mothers found in the history of the United States.


"Why Women Are Smarter Than Men" By Gloria Barr Ford, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Corrie Claiborne Jul 2017

"Why Women Are Smarter Than Men" By Gloria Barr Ford, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Corrie Claiborne

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Gloria Barr Ford, Gullah Storyteller, tells the tale of the father, daughter and preacher. Recorded July 31, 2017 at her home in Georgetown, South Carolina.


Morehouse College Glee Club Performs "Iya Mi" (My Mother) By Jude Nwankwo, David Morrow, Jude Nwankwo, Aaron Carter-Enyi Apr 2017

Morehouse College Glee Club Performs "Iya Mi" (My Mother) By Jude Nwankwo, David Morrow, Jude Nwankwo, Aaron Carter-Enyi

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

In the Fall of 2016, the Morehouse College Music Department issued a call for early-career Nigerian composers to submit applications for consideration. This project builds on the Morehouse College Glee Club’s reputation of performing African choral music under the direction of Wendell Whalum, Uzee Brown, Jr., and David Morrow.

In December 2016, Jude Nwankwo was selected as the inaugural recipient of the award. Mr. Nwankwo is a Lecturer of Music at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Mr. Nwankwo was commissioned to write a three- to five-minute piece for TTBB (male-voice) choir on secular themes in one of Nigeria’s ...


"Ekene Maria" By Nnamdi Azikiwe University Chapel Choir, Quintina Carter-Enyi, Aaron Carter-Enyi Oct 2013

"Ekene Maria" By Nnamdi Azikiwe University Chapel Choir, Quintina Carter-Enyi, Aaron Carter-Enyi

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

The Forum for Inculturation of Liturgical Music (FILM) is a biennial competition held at universities in Nigeria. The 2013 competition included this performance by Nnamdi Azikiwe University's Chapel Choir, of a composition by Dominic Igwe.


Oriki Ogun (Praise Of The God Of Iron) By Mayowa Adeyemo, Aaron Carter-Enyi, David Oludaisi Aina, Mayowa Adeyemo Jul 2013

Oriki Ogun (Praise Of The God Of Iron) By Mayowa Adeyemo, Aaron Carter-Enyi, David Oludaisi Aina, Mayowa Adeyemo

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Lagos State University music student, Mayowa Adeyemo, praises Ogun (Yoruba Orisha/God of Iron). Recorded on July 26, 2013 at Peter King College of Music near Badagry, Lagos State.


Ọ̀Hà Kèlé Íké Jésù (Igbo Sacred Song), Aaron Carter-Enyi, Quintina Carter-Enyi Jan 2013

Ọ̀Hà Kèlé Íké Jésù (Igbo Sacred Song), Aaron Carter-Enyi, Quintina Carter-Enyi

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

"Ọ̀hà kèlé íké Jésù" (All hail the power of Jesus) sung by members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.


Ọpé ̣Mi Kòyì Tó, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Quintina Carter-Enyi Jan 2013

Ọpé ̣Mi Kòyì Tó, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Quintina Carter-Enyi

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

"Ọ̀hà kèlé íké Jésù" (All hail the power of Jesus) sung by members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.


The African Colonization Movement In Georgia: The Expatriation Of Freeborn And Emancipated Blacks, 1817-1860, Falechiondro Karcheik Sims-Alvarado Aug 2001

The African Colonization Movement In Georgia: The Expatriation Of Freeborn And Emancipated Blacks, 1817-1860, Falechiondro Karcheik Sims-Alvarado

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This research examines the internal and external forces that motivated freeborn and emancipated black Georgians to emigrate to Africa during the African Colonization Movement, 1817-1860. Throughout the study, qualitative and quantitative data were used to analyze the reasons why antebellum black Georgians embraced the ideas of black expatriation. The qualitative data consisted of the writings of black opponents as well as the writings of the proponents of African colonization, including Georgia émigrés, and the agents of the American Colonization Society. The quantitative data consisted of the number of emigrants who resettled to Africa and their survival rate in the newly ...


A Study Of Black Female Political Participation In Atlanta, Georgia, Carmen Victoria Walker May 1998

A Study Of Black Female Political Participation In Atlanta, Georgia, Carmen Victoria Walker

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This thesis will examine historical and contemporary forms of black women's political participation in America. This research will also examine a 1997 survey of black women's political participation in Atlanta, Georgia to argue that contemporary black women's activism has encompassed both electoral and non-electoral activism and is not atypical. Most of the existing research on women, however, posits black women's activism to be an anomaly. However, black women have participated in both traditional and nontraditional forms of political activity. It is argued that black women's level and style of political activism has been influenced by ...


The Kongo Cosmogram: A Theory In African-American Literature, Corey C. Stayton May 1997

The Kongo Cosmogram: A Theory In African-American Literature, Corey C. Stayton

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This study examines the use of Kongo cosmology as a theory of reading African-American literature. By analyzing the philosophical modes and belief systems of the Bakongo people, a general view of their cosmos is constructed and establishes the Kongo cosmogram used as the basis of this study.

The community, crossroads, elders, and circularity of life all prove to be crucial elements in the Kongo cosmogram. These elements all have respective roles in the operation of the Kongo cosmogram as a literary theory.

As the focus shifts from Africa to America, a study of how the Kongo cosmogram is disrupted by ...


Toward A Literary Theory Of Outlyerism: An Outlyerist Reading Of Michelle Cliff's Abeng And No Telephone To Heaven, Suzette A. Spencer May 1996

Toward A Literary Theory Of Outlyerism: An Outlyerist Reading Of Michelle Cliff's Abeng And No Telephone To Heaven, Suzette A. Spencer

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This study explores the relationship of the Outlyer/Maroon tradition and historical reality to the form and content of Michelle Cliffs novels Abeng and No Telephone to Heaven in order to demonstrate how a literary theory of Outlyerism derives from distinct aspects and phenomena of Outlyer/Maroon culture and tradition. The social, political, and military strategies used by Outlyers can be roughly grouped into eight categories: 1. Conjuring 2. Camouflage 3. Creolization 4. Rapid movements from one area to another 5. Military Ambush 6. Primacy of Elders 7. Primacy of Rituals 8. Use of communciative instruments in a network of ...


Africana Women's Voices From The South: Focusing On Women's Issues Of The Past For Definition, Identification, And Clarification In The Presnet, Alvelyn J. Sanders May 1996

Africana Women's Voices From The South: Focusing On Women's Issues Of The Past For Definition, Identification, And Clarification In The Presnet, Alvelyn J. Sanders

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This study discussed the significant link between Anna Julia Cooper's A Voice from the South (1892) and the work of twentieth-century, black, Southern women writers through their exploration of specific issues, black feminist theory, and the conditions under which they were written.

This thesis was based on the premise that Cooper's text can provide clarification for contemporary black women's issues, show a continuum in the work of Southern writers, and prove that similar conditions exist today for black women as in the nineteenth century.

Chapter One defines some of the similar issues found in Cooper's work ...


Exploring The Contributions Of John G. Jackson To African Historiography, C. Anthony Usher May 1994

Exploring The Contributions Of John G. Jackson To African Historiography, C. Anthony Usher

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This thesis offers a comprehensive examination of the intellectual contributions of John Glover Jackson, an African American historian. Jackson, similiar to many other African American scholars, is self trained in the field of African history. This self training is a crucial element in this presentation for it is an attempt to present the autodidact's efforts and contributions as valid. This attempt reviews the archeological, anthropological, and cultural evidence presented by Jackson relating to his interpretations of man, God, and civilization.

The methodology utilized in this research consists mainly of examining secondary data. Primary materials include interviews, video recordings, and ...


The African Presence In The Novels Of Paule Marshall, Angela Harrington Rice Apr 1993

The African Presence In The Novels Of Paule Marshall, Angela Harrington Rice

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

The novels written by Paule Marshall are examined chronologically to demonstrate how Africa functions and is represented in her works. Published interviews and essays by Marshall are also examined, as well as critical analysis of her works by scholars.

Africa is present in Paule Marshall's novels through ritual, history, language, and myth. Paule Marshall's work demonstrates how Africanisms operate in the United States and in the Caribbean. She articulates the need for people throughout the African diaspora to confront and use the past as a vehicle for empowerment. Marshall's protagonists are women who find that when they ...


W.E.B Dubois And The Use Of Social Science And Fiction In The Fight Against American Racism 1897-1911, Bruce Edward Twyman Apr 1991

W.E.B Dubois And The Use Of Social Science And Fiction In The Fight Against American Racism 1897-1911, Bruce Edward Twyman

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

Between 1897 and 1911, W.E.B. Du Bois was vigorously involved in the fight against American racism. In this struggle he used both social scientific methodology and fiction. However, he decided that social science would be his primary tool. Du Bois thought racism was based on misconceptions, and he believed these could be overcome with scientific studies. This thesis will examine how DuBois developed his scientific beliefs, and the extent to which Booker T. Washington and his supporters obstructed DuBois's scientific plans. In this regard, the thesis will explore the special significance of his first novel, The Quest ...


Baptized By Fire: The Role Of The Antebellum Black Woman In Black Resistance, Andrea Blair Williams Jul 1988

Baptized By Fire: The Role Of The Antebellum Black Woman In Black Resistance, Andrea Blair Williams

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This paper will reassess the role of the Black woman in Black resistance before the Civil War. In the process it will attempt to destroy two myths: 1) that Blacks were passive victims of slavery and oppression and 2) that those persons who did resist their victimization were men. It will point out that the Black woman's oppression under slavery was certainly different and arguably worse than the Black male's because she was sexually oppressed. Finally, it will show that Black women equally challenged slavery along with their male counterparts, using the same methods as they as well ...


The Young Black Male In Foster Care: The St. Vincent's Hall Experience, Robert L. Tate Jr. Jul 1982

The Young Black Male In Foster Care: The St. Vincent's Hall Experience, Robert L. Tate Jr.

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

The primary intent of this thesis is to examine foster care services. An attempt has been made to study, from a dual perspective, the relevance of discharge and the relevance of foster care services for Black children and the Black community.

Juvenile boys are increasingly exhibiting behavioral problems such that the family is having to look outside of the nuclear and extended units for supportive alternatives. While the intent of the thesis is to examine discharge and Black children in foster care, the major concern is the institutionalization of Black males and the impact this syndrome is having on the ...


Television Programming And Atlanta's Black Audience: A Charter, Deidre Mcdonald Williams May 1978

Television Programming And Atlanta's Black Audience: A Charter, Deidre Mcdonald Williams

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

No abstract provided.


New World Black Festivals And Ceremonies From An African Perspective An Annotated Bibliography, Juah Helyn Togba Jul 1974

New World Black Festivals And Ceremonies From An African Perspective An Annotated Bibliography, Juah Helyn Togba

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

No abstract provided.


Black Drama Of The Sixties: A Reflection Of The Black Experience In America, Brenda Dianne Watson Dec 1972

Black Drama Of The Sixties: A Reflection Of The Black Experience In America, Brenda Dianne Watson

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

No abstract provided.