Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The African Music Institute: Pan African Music School in Libreville, Gabon

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The African Music Institute: Pan African Music School in Libreville, Gabon

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The African Music Institute (http://www.africanmusic-institute.org/) will focus on contemporary popular music, traditional African music, and African dance for 300 students, and create a path for students to eventually study at Berklee College of Music (a nonprofit, coeducational institution of higher learning accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges) in Boston, Massachusetts. The first class will enter in September of 2017.

"We are supporting the creation of a new school for contemporary music in Africa, one that will be a source of students who will come to Berklee to enrich not only their experiences, but those of our students, as well," said Berklee College of Music president Roger H. Brown. "Our mission statement acknowledges the unique role of the African cultural diaspora in the major musical styles underlying our curriculum, including jazz, blues, R&B, rock, gospel, Latin, and hip-hop. With this new school and more students coming to Boston from Africa, we'll have a direct line right to the source."

Plans for the school include a state-of-the-art recording studio for student projects and collaborations with international visiting artists, study and rehearsal spaces, an auditorium and concert hall, a museum documenting the history of West African music, and a dance studio. …

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