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Somali Bantu Music in Vermont

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This seminar presents the first known study of Somali Bantu music culture in relocation here in the U.S. The research is based on fieldwork with the Somali Bantu community of Burlington, Vt., and illustrates how musical practices once separate in Somalia are joined in relocation. This original research provides a reference for future work with Somali Bantu music, studies of the Somali Bantu in the U.S., studies of refugee artistic practice, and as a data point for studies of refugee acculturation in Vermont. Local Somali Bantu musician and research partner Omar Hussein Mohamed will attend and perform songs from the repertoire.

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