Kofi Agawu has taught at Haverford College, King’s College London, Cornell, Yale and Harvard. His research includes rhythm and iconicity in African music, and topic theory.
Lecture-Demonstration: "Ancestral Wisdom in Dagbon"
Habib Iddrisu, University of Oregon
Drummer, dancer, storyteller
Keynote: "Chaos or Curvelinearity: Digital Architecture and Distortions of the Africanist Grid in the Late Music of John Coltrane"
Michael Veal, Yale University
Bode Omojola, respondent, Mount Holyoke and the Five Colleges
Dafra Kura Band with the African Music Ensemble
Olivier Tarpaga, Director
The Department of Music at Princeton University will host its Sixth International Symposium on the Music of Africa (SISMA). Directed by Kofi Agawu, the event will feature a lecture-demonstration by master-musician, dancer and scholar, Dr. Habib Iddrisu of the University of Oregon, a keynote address by Professor Michael Veal of Yale University (to which Professor Bode Omojola of Mount Holyoke College will serve as respondent), and a performance by the Dafra Kura Band led by master-musician Olivier Tarpaga. All events are free and open to the public.
Registration: All SISMA events are free and open to the public, but you must register to be guaranteed a seat in Taplin Auditorium. To register, email Michelle Horgan (Conference & Event Services, Princeton University).
Lester Horton award-winning musician and choreographer, Olivier Tarpaga is the artistic director of Nomad Express International MultiArts Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Tarpaga recently...