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Musical Participation and Global Health in the Gambia with Bonnie McConnell
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In this episode we discuss musical participation and global health with Bonnie McConnell, whose article “Performing ‘Participation’: Kanyeleng Musicians and Global Health in the Gambia” can be found in the Summer 2017 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology. Informed by her fieldwork among Kanyeleng performers, Bonnie examines how community-oriented and participatory-based musical performances impact global health initiatives. By investigating the relationships between Kanyeleng musicians, government officials, health workers, and local communities, Bonnie discusses the vital importance of musical performance and participation in local health education and effective global health strategies.



Bonnie McConnell is a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the Australian National University School of Music. Her research examines music in relation to issues of identity, social change, and well-being in West Africa and Australia. Her forthcoming book, Music, Health, and Power: Singing the Unsayable in The Gambia, will be available from Routledge early next year.



Special thanks to the kanyeleng groups from Talinding and Brikama for the musical examples in this podcast, and for the assistance of Buba Darboe from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in the Gambia.

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