Thursday Lecture Series

Beyond Boundaries: Inspirations and Motherhood in African Women’s Music Creative Process

Thursday, Virtual Event from 11:45am - 1:00pm EST

The African woman gets inspirations from her surroundings, experiences, and roles in society. She breathes nature and utilizes all its gifts in creating her arts; her experiences translate into songs, dances, clothing, and instrumentations. She consistently performs her motherly and mother figure roles by making them part of her creative process. The inspirations could come from far away land, but she responds and utilizes them as soon as they are “brought” into her environment. Her creativities align with time, space, and specific contexts; a song she creates when happy may differ from the one she creates when sad, within a short time. Hence, the conflicts, contradictions, and complexities that characterize the descriptions and analyses of the African woman’s creative experience. I examine the creative process of Obiwuruotu Women’s Dance Group, a group of married women musicians in Southeastern Nigeria, to reveal where they get inspiration to create music and how their creative process is centered around their roles as mothers and mother figures.  

Click here to register via Zoom. Please note that registering for this event will sign you up for the entire Thursday Lecture Series for the Fall 2020 semester. 

Talks in this series will be followed by discussion, including a Q&A session with the audience.

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