Music and Genetic Affiliations in Africa

A paper on the co-evolution of musical styles and genetic change in sub-Saharan African populations was read by Floyd Reed (U. of Maryland) at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society on Nov. 23, 2007. Coauthored by Reed and Sarah Tishkoff (Dept. of Biology, U. Maryland), Victor Grauer, and Anna Wood (ACE), the study draws upon a genetic database of samples from 84 ethnolinguistic populations in Africa and song samples from 181 African cultural groups, both within large worldwide samples. It compares the two datasets in order to make inferences about African population history, applying a variety of statistical and analytic techniques to both. The paper is being expanded for publication.

Originally posted: November 23, 2007