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UMS in the Classroom: Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone

By UMS Lobby

Interested in using a UMS performance in your university classroom? For each performance on the season, we provide suggested curricular connections, links to contextual material online, citations for scholarly material, and prompts for classroom discussion. For additional resources and individualized curricular support, please contact Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, UMS Campus Engagement Specialist, at skfitz@umich.edu or (734) 764-3903.

UMS is also committed to making our performances an affordable part of the academic experience. Our Classroom Ticket Program provides $15 tickets to students and faculty for performances that are a course requirement. Please email umsclasstickets@umich.edu to set up a group order.

Connect:

This performance may connect meaningfully with courses in the following schools and disciplines:

  • Afroamerican and African Studies
  • American Culture
  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Political Science
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Sociology
  • Composition
  • Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Winds and Percussion

Explore:

  • Discover the adventurous crossover between jazz and rap and hear a sample from Selebeyone on Seth Colter Walls’s Pitchfork review.
  • Learn about the influences and convergences of styles in Selebeyone.
  • Stanford’s Ted Gioia demonstrates How to Listen to Jazz (2016, Basic Books).

Reflect:

  • Sélébéyone is a Wolof word that roughly translates to a joining point where two elements result in a new and unique element; this concert  explores a convergence of rap and jazz music. How do the differences and similarities between these musical styles complement each other? What sounds and styles do you hear that are completely new?
  • How did the musicians interact onstage? What kind of atmosphere did they create in the performance venue?

Share your thoughts!