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Afro-Swedish Public Culture Symposium with guest artists Sousou and Maher Cissoko

Pushing the boundaries of contemporary “world music,” the sounds of Sousou and Maher Cissoko resonate as much from West Africa as from northern Europe. Their music features the kora, a West Africa 12-string instrument, fused with Swedish popular and folk music traditions. Also in the mix are the cosmopolitan influences of hip-hop, reggae, and Afropop, creating a distinctly Afro-Swedish style. These charismatic world musicians join Ohio State professor Ryan Skinner for a three-day symposium exploring the music, culture, and politics of race and identity in contemporary Sweden.

  • Kora Master Class

Friday, April 4, 4 pm

Hughes Hall, Rm. 109

  • Concert Performance

Sunday, April 6, 8 pm

Archie M. Griffin West Ballroom, Ohio Union

  • Roundtable Discussion: The performance/politics of Afro-Swedish public culture

Monday, April 7, 4:30 pm

Music/Dance Library, Rm. 205 Sponsored by the Performance/Politics Working Group (Humanities Institute)

All events are free and open to the public.

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