Programs by Country: Grenada


Grenada and Carriacou: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | St. George, Grenada

Faculty Leader: Prof. Leonard Brown (l.brown@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions WITH PIZZA and DRINKS:

Thursday, January 23rd, 6:00 p.m.  West Village F Room 114

For information, contact: Leonard Brown (l.brown@neu.edu) or Drew Wilcox (afjwilcox@gmail.com)

Term: Summer I

This program will begin in Boston on the Northeastern campus.  Students will be provided on-campus accommodations (typically a freshmen residence hall) between May 4, 2014 and May 10th.  Students will depart for Grenada on May 10th for the remainder of the program.  Please note that meals are not included and students will not have access to kitchens.  Students may opt to use on-campus dining facilities during this time, but the cost will be the student's responsibility. Please note dates are subject to change.

Courses:

  • AFAM 4939: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project
  • AFAM 4710: Field & Lab Methods for Researching Black Music

Description:

The Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project, an initiative of the Department of African American Studies, is a four to five week faculty-led program offering students the opportunity to experience and study Afro-Caribbean Music and Culture in the Caribbean. The site for the Summer 2014 will be the island nation of Grenada including the sister site of Carriacou. Past research excursions have been to St. Croix, USVI (2009), Trinidad (2010), Tobago (2011) and Grenada (2012).  Students will learn and apply appropriate field research principles and practices in conducting ethnomusicological fieldwork. Students will focus attention towards the African retentions within traditional music forms as well as contemporary and current musical traditions. Students will have sessions on the history and legacy of music and dance in Carriacou and Grenada, the importance of linguistics in understanding messages within the music studied as well as the impact of trans-Atlantic slavery on the musical idioms and genres that derive from the Caribbean. The experience will include lecturers by leading scholars, musicians and experts from the Caribbean. Students will also have "dialogues" with area musicians, professionals and inhabitants of Carriacou and Grenada. Tours of historic sites, museums and important musical venues will be scheduled throughout the trip.  Summer 2014 will be exciting, as the research trip will include both Carriacou and Grenada. Carriacou is the home of some of the most unique manifestations of Africanisms in the Caribbean, specifically the Big Drum and the Maroon String Bands.  It is the goal of ACMRP to offer students a glimpse of Carriacou and Grenada through a well crafted, safe and intense immersion experience.  We will live amongst, talk, eat with and share space with the communities of and Grenada as we not only learn about the inhabitants but also share of our own lives and experiences.  The culmination of our research excursion will be a presentation of group projects to a community of scholars, local inhabitants and new friends.  At the end of the program students will compile their oral histories, video recordings and other accumulated field research, leaving a complete set of the recordings at a major research repository in Grenada as well as depositing a complete set in the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project Collection in the Snell Library.