South African Jazz: Music, Culture, & Social Justice

Prof. David Clark (More Info)

South African Jazz: Music, Culture, & Social Justice

Program Dates:
June 25 - July 15, 2018

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

Music , History , Sociology

Course Description:
The study of South African jazz not only exposes the stunning rhythms, sounds, and musical practices of the country, it also reveals the rich complexity of its people, culture, history, and struggles for social justice. We will explore this correlation by attending concerts, visiting museums, and touring historical sites in the bustling cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. Don't be surprised to see giraffes or zebras in the reserves bordering the highways —or even a vervet monkey sprint across the road—as we drive to Grahamstown for the South Africa National Arts Festival, the biggest celebration of arts on the African continent! Students majoring in music, history, sociology, Pan-African studies and cultural studies will experience how music reflects life in South Africa! From Johannesburg to Soweto or Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown and Cape Town, students will delve into South Africa's musical heritage and meet people keeping the traditions alive and strong.


Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect to walk between 3-5 miles per day. The safari which will require some walking. The average temperature in South Africa in June and July is quite pleasant (average highs mid 60's/average lows 40's).

Course Highlights:
Coming soon