15. Tracie Morris, "Afrika"

Tracie Morris is a musical poet. For this project - called "Afrika" - she "sampled" a single conventional sentence from the African American narrative. She then transformed this sentence into a chanted poem in which its words and sounds are jumbled, stuttered, repeated and torn apart. What is the connection between the form of this sound-poem and the semantic meaning of the sentence on which it is based?

1. listen to Tracie Morris introduce and then perform the poem: link to PennSound
2. watch Morris perform the poem: link to video
3. listen to a musical arrangement of "Afrika" with Val Jeanty: link to PennSound
4. watch a 25-minute discussion of the poem: link to video

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