Olabode Omojola

Five College Associate Professor of Music

Specialization
Ethnomusicology; African music

Olabode Omojola’s research focuses on African music, with emphasis on Nigerian and Yoruba traditions.  His work has explored indigenous and modern musical traditions, and addressed themes like performance practices; music, identity and social dynamics; music and politics; and intercultural aesthetics.

He has held teaching positions at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria and at Northeastern University, Boston. At Ilorin and NU, Omojola taught courses devoted to the study of African and world music traditions. He has also held an academic position at the Nigerian Baptist Seminary College where he taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses in African music.

Omojola has held a number of research positions, including the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship in African music at Harvard University, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship at the University of Cologne, Germany, and the Northwestern University African Humanities Fellowship Program in African music, which was hosted by the University of Ghana.

He recently co-edited (with George Dor of the University of Mississippi) Multiple Interpretations of Dynamics of Creativity and Knowledge in African Music Traditions, which was published by MRI Press in 2005.  The book brings together essays that examine the nexus between indigenous and modern traditions, local and global idioms, and creativity and knowledge in African and African American music practices.

At Mount Holyoke, Omojola teaches courses in African music and ethnomusicology.

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