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Barbara L. Hampton
Position: Professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Phone: 212-772-5153
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Columbia
Research Interests: music of Africa; urban music

Barbara Hampton is the author of studies on African and African -American music and issues of gender and popular music, a few of which are cited below. Served on Council and National Executive Board of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Editor of the Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter and member of its Editorial Board. National committees of the African Studies Association. Panels of the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts (also Panel Chair), the Fulbright Fellowship Program, and the National Academy of Sciences (FF/NRC). Organized Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Music and Gender Study Group of the International Council for Traditional Music. Appearances on National Public Radio, the BBC and PBS (Great Performances). Chair of the Hunter College Senate.


Through African-Centered Prisms. New York: New York Folklore Society, 2000.

"African Music" in International Encyclopedia of Dance, ed. Suzanne Youngerman. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

"Identities: Music and the Other Arts in Africa." in Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Africa Volume. New York: Garland Publishers, 1998. 45 pp.

"African-American Sacred Music" vol. 3. JVC /Smithsonian Folkways Anthology of Music and Dance in the Americas. Washington, D.C. and Tokyo: JVC/Smithsonian Folkways, 1996.

"Lifting the Spirit: Afra-American Pentecostal Gospel Conductors." in To the Four Corners: A Festschrift in Honor of Rose Brandel, ed. Ellen Leichtmann. Warren, MI: Harmonie Press, 1992. 30 pp.

"Music and Gender in Ga Society: Adaawe Song Poetry" in African Musicology: Current Trends, vol. II, ed. William Carter and Jacqueline Cogdell Djedje. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1992.

"The Role of Song in a Ga Ritual." in Sacred Song, ed. Joyce Irwin. Missoula, Montana: Scholars Press, 1983. pp. 111-126.

"Towards a Theory of Transformation in African Music." in Transformation and Resiliency in Africa, ed. Pearl T. Robinson and Elliott P. Skinner. Washington: Howard University Press, 1983. pp. 211-230.

"Music and Ritual Symbolism at the Ga Funeral." Yearbook for Traditional Music 14(1982), 75-105.

"A Revised Analytical Approach to Musical Processes in Urban Africa." Readings in African Urban Music, ed. Kazadi wa-Mukuna. Special issue of African Urban Studies. East Lansing: Michigan State University, 6(1979-1980), 1-16.

"The Contiguity Factor in Ga Music." The Black Perspective in Music 6 (1978), 3-48.

The Colored Sacred Harp. Recorded Anthology of American Music. New World Records. 1993. Rounder CD 80433-2. 1998. Research and accompanying analytical book.

Music of the Ga People of Ghana. vol. 1 Adowa. Smithsonian Folkways Album. 11 page interpretive booklet. 1978.