2020   A New and Concise History of Rock and R&B, through the Early 1990s. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

2012   (editor) Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Opening and closing chapters: “A Capsule History of African Rap,” pp. 1-25 ; “Music for an African Twenty-First Century,” pp. 283-315. (Wesleyan access to the ebook).

2000   Mande Music: Traditional and Modern Music of the Maninka and Mandinka of Western Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Articles, chapters, encyclopedia and dictionary entries

2019     “Jeliya” and “Mamaya,” in David Horn, John Shepherd, and others (eds.), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, vol. 12: Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 310-315, 381-383.

2018     “Music and Postcolonial Africa,” in Martin S. Shanguhyia and Toyin Falola (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Colonial and Postcolonial History, New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, vol. 2: 1231-1261. (Wesleyan access to the ebook)

2013     “Cecil Taylor,” in Charles Hiroshi Garrett (ed.), The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed., New York: Oxford University Press.

2011     “Cultural Revolution and African Music: Guinea and Its Legacy,” in Zhang Boyu (ed.), Dialogues in Music: Africa Meets Asia, Proceedings of the 2005 and 2007 International Symposia on African and Chinese Music, Point Richmond, CA: MRI Press, 36-44.

2009  “Ornette Coleman” (272-276) and “Cecil Taylor” (1478-1481), in Alfred W. Cramer (ed.), Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

2008  “Music: Africa,” in Peter N. Stearns (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Oxford University Press, vol. 5: 302-304.

2007  “Ethnomusicology and the Study of Africa” (2: 344-346), “Fodeba Keita” (3: 94-95), “Salif Keita” (3: 95-96), and “Youssou N’Dour” (4: 20-21),” in Joseph Miller and John Middleton (eds.), New Encyclopedia of Africa, 2nd ed., Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons Reference Books.

2005  “Introduction,” in Babatunde Olatunji, with Robert Atkinson, assisted by Akinsola Akiwowo, The Beat of My Drum: An Autobiography, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1-26.

2003  “Africa,” in The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 4th ed., Don Randel (ed.), Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 17-26.

2002  “The Mande Praise Song Kayra (Peace): Mande Global Perspectives,” co-authored with Jan Jansen (The Netherlands) and Seydou Camara (Mali), Metamorphoses 10(1): 300-21.

2001  “Griot” (10: 427), “Guinea” (10: 540-46), “Jembe” (12: 942-43), “Mali” (15: 688-96), “Senegal” (23: 74-78), in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., Stanley Sadie (ed.), London: Macmillan.

2000  “Music and Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa,” in The History of Islam in Africa, Nehemia Levtzion and Randall Pouwels (eds.), Athens: Ohio University Press, 545-73.

——  “Mamaya: Renewal and Tradition in the Manninka Music of Kankan, Guinea (1935-45),” co-authored with Lansiné Kaba, in The African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective, Ingrid Monson (ed.), New York: Garland, 187-206.

1997-8  “Freedom and Form in Ornette Coleman’s Early Atlantic Recordings,” Annual Review of Jazz Studies 9: 261-94.

1996  “Plucked Lutes in West Africa: an Historical Overview,” Galpin Society Journal 49: 3-37.

——  “A Guide to the Jembe,” Percussive Notes (April) 34(2): 66-72. Expanded online version.

1994  “The Grand Mande Guitar Tradition of the Western Sahel and Savannah,” The World of Music 36(2): 21-61.

——  “West African Harps,” Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 20: 5-53.


2010   Review of DVD, Patrick Kersalé (dir.), Tambours et Djembes du Burkina Faso/Drums and Djembes of Burkina Faso, 2003, Playasound, PS69001. Yearbook for Traditional Music 42: 236-237.

2008  Review of DVD, Roderic Knight (prod.), Mande Music and Dance: Performed by Mandinka Musicians of The Gambia in the Late Twentieth Century, 2005, Lyrichord/Multicultural Media, LYRDV 2001. Ethnomusicology 52(1): 154-156.

2007  Review of CD, Senegal. Nalanke Pular (A Fulbe Griot): Birame N’Diaye, 2005, Disques VDE-Gallo, VDE CD-1152. Yearbook for Traditional Music 39: 185-186.

2005  Review of two CD-ROMs: The Jazz Discography, Version 4.4, Tom Lord, 2004; and 85 Years of Recorded Jazz (1917-2002, A-Z Complete), W. Bruyninckx and D. Truffandier, 2004. Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 61(3): 833-837.

2004  Review of CD, Niger. Peuls Wodaabe: Chants du worso/Wodaabe Fulani: Worso songs, 1998, INEDIT W260081. Ethnomusicology 48(1): 153-55.

2003  Review of Meki Nzewi, African Music: Theoretical Content and Creative Continuum, The Culture-Exponent’s Definitions, Oldershausen: Institut für Didaktik populärer Musik, 1997. African Studies Review 46(3): 157-58.

——  Review of Scott Saul, Freedom Is, Freedom Ain’t, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003. Annual Review of Jazz Studies 13: 223-226.

——  Review of Simon Ottenberg, Seeing with Music: The Lives of Three Blind African Musicians, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. African Studies Review 46(3): 166-68.

——  Review of CD, Siramori Diabaté: Griot Music from Mali #3, 2002, PAN Records 2104. Yearbook for Traditional Music 35: 217.

——  Review of CD-ROM, Music and Culture of West Africa: The Straus Expedition. Indiana University Press, 2002. Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 60(2): 508-510.

2000  Review of Michelle Kisliuk, Sieze the Dance! BaAka Musical Life and the Ethnography of Performance, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. The World of Music 42(2): 145-49.

——  Review of two CDs: Mali: Bambara Music of Baninko, 1998, VDE-Gallo, VDE CD 980; Mali: The Dogon. Music of the Masks and the Funeral Rituals, 1999, INEDIT W 260089; Yearbook for Traditional Music 32: 228-29.

1999  “Free Jazz” (15-17), “Africa” (361-62), in Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory, Criticism, Murray Steib (ed.), Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. (Essays reviewing major books in the field.)

1998  Review of two CDs: Aicha Mint Chighaly: Griote de Maurtianie, INEDIT W260078; and Senegal: Le Saoruba de Casamance, VDE-Gallo, VDE CD 926; Yearbook for Traditional Music 30: 182-84.

——  Review of John Cowley, Carnival, Canboulay, and Calypso: Traditions in the Making, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. Yearbook for Traditional Music 30: 145-47.

1996  Review of four films: “Jali Nyama Suso,” “Music of the Mande Parts I & II,” “Salif Keita: Destiny of a Noble Outcast,” and “Djembefola.” Ethnomusicology 40(1): 174-78. Editor’s correction in Ethnomusicology (1997) 41(2): 325-26.

1994  Review of African Classical Music and the Griot Tradition, by Tunde Jegede, and Tunde Jegede: Cycle of Reckoning, cassette recording. British Journal of Ethnomusicology 3: 113-114.

CD and Video Notes
2007  Liner Notes for CD: African Virtuoses: The Classic Guinean Guitar Group. Stern’s Africa, STCD 3024.

1999  Liner Notes for CD: Grand Papa Diabate: Guitar Extra Dry, Popular African Music, PAM AG 703.

1998  Liner Notes for CD: Djessou Mory Kante: guitare sèche, Popular African Music, PAM AG 701.

1996  Notes for five drumming selections from the Senegambia region, JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Africa, vol. 1: 42-45, vol. 2: 6-8.