Wesleyan portrait of Eric  Charry

Eric Charry

Professor of Music

Music Studios, 201

Professor, Latin American Studies

Co-Coordinator, African Studies


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Eric Charry

Charry's work, based in the discipline of ethnomusicology, ranges from the music of West African griots to the globalization of hip hop; from the emergence of an avant garde in jazz in the 1950s and 60s to the music cultures of downtown New York City in the same era.

Charry has carried out extended research in India, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, The Gambia, and Trinidad. A guitarist since childhood, he has also studied the sitar (in India), kora, bala, and jembe (in West Africa), and steel pan (in Trinidad). He has presented his work on African music, jazz, and improvisation widely and has published extensively, including dictionary and encyclopedia entries, journal articles, and books (Mande Music, 2000; Hip Hop Africa, 2012).

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Office Hours

 Mondays: 3:00-4:00pm; Wednesdays: 3:00-4:30pm


Fall 2018
MUSC 265 - 01
Music in Africa

MUSC 275O - 01
Music and Downtown New York

MUSC 510 - 01
World Music Studies

Winter 2019
MUSC 293 - 01
Mapping Culture

Spring 2019
MUSC 108 - 01
History of Rock and r&b

MUSC 513 - 01