Unit 1

Kumar, “Coldplay: Only the Latest Pop Stars to Misrepresent India as an Exotic Playground,” The Guardian, 1 Feb 2016.

K’naan, “Censoring Myself for Success,” New York Times, 8 Dec 2012.

Yuval Taylor and Hugh Barker, “Three Kinds of Authenticity.” 


Unit 2

John Seabrook, “Blank Space: What Kind of Genius Is Max Martin?” New Yorker, 30 Sept 2015.

Amanda Petrusich, “Harry Belafonte and the Social Power of Song,” New Yorker, 22 Feb 2017.

Alan Lomax interview (PBS)

Miriam Makeba interview (NPR)

Josh Busman, “Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and the Worldbeat Dilemma,” The Avid Listener, 7 Dec 2015.

Robin Denselow, “Paul Simon’s Graceland: The Acclaim and the Outrage,” The Guardian, 19 April 2012.

Paulo Camacho, “The Rich History (and Controversy) of Paul Simon’s Graceland,” Medium, 26 Aug 2016.

Unit 3

Freeman, “They kill you all’: Why Eurovision Winner Jamala Angered Russia with her 1944 Song” (Guardian)

Dominguez, “Was There Ever an Authentic Shakira?” (Remezcla)


Unit 5

Ross, “Pedal to the Metal: A Short History of the Pedal Steel”

Gross, “King Sunny Ade Interview” (Perfect Sound Forever)

Allen, “The Banjo’s Roots, Reconsidered” (NPR)

Harrison, “West meets East: or How the Sitar Came to be Heard in Western Pop Music”


Unit 6

Walt, “El General and the Rap Anthem of the Mideast Revolution” (Time)



Just What Is Enka, Anyway? (Nippop)

Enka: Suffering and Nostalgia for an Imagined Past (2004)

“King Sunny Ade: True Juju Royalty” (NPR)

History of Minstrelsy (University of Florida online exhibit)

Byrne, “I Hate World Music” (NYT, 1999)

Rihanna and Michael Jackson Sued by African Singer (Guardian, 2009)

New Yorker article on Michael Jackson and Manu Dibango

Shakira, interview The Guardian

WC Handy Encounters the Blues 

Historical Narratives of the Akonting and the Banjo