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African Popular Culture HUM 2371 01 : Home

This Course Guide helps you identify some of the resources available at Mohammed VI Library. For more information please get in touch with Your Librarian whose contact information is listed below right.

Vocabulary list

Please use the vocabulary list below to search the library catalog, through the keyword function, to identify materials relevant to this course.

  • Africa
  • African Culture
  • African Popular Culture
  • African Popular Literature
  • African Music
  • African Film
  • Popular Music
  • African Arts
  • Southern Cultures



This class is an introduction to popular culture in Africa and will include discussions on popular culture from the entire continent (Cairo to Cape), but much of the emphasis is on “Sub-Saharan” Africa. The African continent produces some to the most active popular cultural centers in the world that influence popular culture in Europe, North America, and other parts of the world. Cuban-Dominican “Latin” dances often have African origins such as the Mambo, Conga, and Salsa have African roots. The Senegalese singer Baaba Maal believes that Jamaican Reggae is African and the Malian guitarist Ali Farke Toure believed that the original home of the Blues is the Niger Bend in Mali, his home area. Africans have often been linked to other cultures and have often influenced them without proper recognition. Africa remains one of the most active areas for cultural production in the arts (music, dance, visual arts, theater and film) in addition to its contribution to literatures in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans as well as to indigenous languages such as Wolof, Mande, and Pulaar. 

Library of Congress Classes and Subclasses

Please use the call number below to search the library catalog, through the Call Number function, to browse the library collection listing materials relevant to this course.

  • DT Africa
  • DT1-3415 History of Africa
  • DT179.2-179.9 Northwest Africa 
  • DT367-367.8 Northeast Africa
  • DT421-432.5 East Africa. British East Africa 
  • DT470-671 West Africa. West Coast 
  • DT1701-2405 South Africa 
  • GR1-950 Folklore
  • JQ1870-3981 Africa 
  • ML1-3930 Literature on music 
  • ML3469-3541 Popular music
  • ML3544-3776 Folk, national, and ethnic music
  • N1-9211 Visual arts
  • PL8000-8844 African languages and literature 

Subject Guide