Afropop Ensemble


Mathew Tembo, Director

NEW! Listen to the Afropop Ensemble's recording of the Tanzanian folk song "Malaika" created remotely during the Fall 2020 semester.

The music department's Afropop Ensemble (Music 0061) exposes the interconnections between African music and the music of the African diaspora such as reggae and jazz. This course focuses on sub-Saharan Afropop through performance and composition, exploring musical elements of Afropop including call and response, repetition, polyphony, improvisation and syncopation. Students will be exposed to Afro-reggae and Afro-jazz, genres that resulted from the fusion of African and Western music elements. The class will meet twice a week for 1.5 hours per session.

Instructor Mathew Tembo is a doctoral student in ethnomusicology at Pitt and an award-winning musician originally from Zambia. Tembo studied World Music Performance at the renowned School of Music at Northern Illinois University, graduating with a Masters in Music in 2013.