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UNIT 25: Global Popular Culture


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Akira Kurosawa Audio Pronunciation of Akira Kurosawa
Japanese film director.

capoeira  Audio Pronunciation of capoeira
Brazilian martial art developed by enslaved Africans in the 1500s.

ethnomusicology Audio Pronunciation of ethnomusicology
Study of world music in its cultural contexts.

Haile Selassie  Audio Pronunciation of Haile Selassie
Ethiopian king, 1930 - 1974, who attempted to modernize his country; considered the Messiah by Rastafarians.

Kingston Audio Pronunciation of Kingston
Capital of Jamaica.

Kwame Nkrumah  Audio Pronunciation of Kwame Nkrumah
First president of the independent nation of Ghana.

Leni Riefenstahl Audio Pronunciation of Leni Riefenstahl
German film director.

Lu Xun Audio Pronunciation of Lu Xun
Revolutionary Chinese author who satirized Chinese traditional society, 1881-1936.

Marcus Garvey Audio Pronunciation of Marcus Garvey
Jamaican who founded the United Negro Improvement Association in 1916 to help blacks in the Americas move back to Africa, 1887 - 1940.

Ngugi wa'Thiongo Audio Pronunciation of Ngugi wa'Thiongo
East African writer.

Nnamdi Azikiwe  Audio Pronunciation of Nnamdi Azikiwe
First president of Nigeria, 1904 - 1996.

Ousmane Sembene Audio Pronunciation of Ousmane Sembene
West African filmmaker.

Panhellenic  Audio Pronunciation of Panhellenic
Literally "all Greek"; of or relating to all of Greece or the area where ancient Greek culture dominated.

Pierre de Coubertin  Audio Pronunciation of Pierre de Coubertin
French citizen who re-established the Olympic games in 1896.

Rabindranath Tagore  Audio Pronunciation of Rabindranath Tagore
Indian political leader, philosopher, and poet who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913.

Rastafarianism Audio Pronunciation of Rastafarianism
Religion developed in Jamaica that promotes the belief that Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie) is the Messiah and that Africa (especially Ethiopia) is the promised land.

reggae Audio Pronunciation of reggae
Jamaican music style influenced by African musical traditions.

Satyajit Ray Audio Pronunciation of Satyajit Ray
Indian film director.

ska Audio Pronunciation of ska
Jamaican music style that influenced reggae.

Wole Soyinke Audio Pronunciation of Wole Soyinke
Nigerian Nobel Prize winner for literature.

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