Cross-Cultural Fusion Analysis

Part of the phenomena of world music is the appropriation by Western musicians of non-Western instruments, sounds, structures and styles. These types of recordings are often referred to as world beat, ethno pop, or world pop. This PowerPoint presentation will analyze and evaluation the appropriation of music from other cultures.

For this PowerPoint presentation, you will choose one of the following recordings:


Peter Gabriel, Passion (created for The Last Temptation of Christ soundtrack based upon Middle Eastern music)

Outback, Dance the Devil Away (Australian Aboriginal music combined with folk guitar)

Baka Beyond, Spirit of the Forest (jam sessions with Baka Pygmies and composer/guitarist Martin Cradick

Linda Ronstadt, Por un Amor (featuring Mexican and Mexican-American musicians)

Talking Heads, Born Under Punches (appropriation of scratch, funk, Afro-Beat and jj rhythm)

Diaraby, guitarist Ry Cooder with Ali Farka Toure, a griot from the Sahara

Robbie Robertson and the Red Road Ensemble, Coyote Dance (pop music with Native American music)

Led Zeppelin, Kashmir (collaboration with musicians from Egypt)

Choose one recording from the list above. Create a PowerPoint presentation that includes the following slides:
Slide 1: An introduction providing an overview of the main points of the presentation. The introduction slide should mention the recording and artist/s.
Slide 2: Briefly describe the musical and aesthetic concept behind the recording answering this question: What was the goal of the artists? Be sure to do some research on the artist/s and recording.
Slide 3: Discuss how traditional non-Western music is incorporated into the sound of the music. Be sure to utilize musical terminology and scholarly sources to express your ideas.
Slide 4: Does the Western artist show musical respect for the imported tradition(s) represented on the recording? If so, how? If not, why not?
Slide 5: Offer a critical evaluation about ways in which the project succeeds or fails as music, and in developing cross-cultural relationships and understanding.
Slide 6: A conclusion wrapping up the main points of the presentation. The conclusion slide should mention the recording and artist/s.
Slide 7: A reference slide citing the sources used in the project. The reference slide should include a reference for the recording and resources used in the project. Please note that any source listed in the reference section needs to be cited in the body of the text in at least one of the slides in the presentation. Here is an excellent resource for formatting references and citations in the body of the text.

This project will be evaluated according to the WK4 Project grading rubric (see attached). Please review and utilize this grading rubric in order to maximize points earned on this assignment.
This assignment is due by Sunday of Week 4 at 11:55pm (Eastern time). Please note that late submissions will be automatically downgraded.
Projects must be uploaded as an attachment. Please also double check that your attachment is in .ppt or .pptx format.

DISCLAIMER: Originality of attachments will be verified by Turnitin. Both you and your instructor will receive the results.
I am looking forward to exploring your analysis of cross-cultural fusion music. Let me know if you have any questions about this assignment. I am happy to help in any way I can.

Content applies to subject matter.
Demonstrates knowledge and comprehension of major issues and concepts.
Content reflects the use of analysis, synthesis, and comparison.
Major points are stated clearly and are developed and supported by specific details, examples, research, or analysis supported by information from scholarly sources.
Response has an organized and logical structure with an introduction and conclusion.
Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.
Response follows standard rules of grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling.
Any material referenced is properly cited with both in-text citations and references formatted in MLA style on the reference slide. Here is an excellent website for citing in MLA.