Season 4, Episode 6

Music and Meaning

In this episode we speak with a professor of music about the power of song and dance during the apartheid era in South Africa, and a College alum about his process composing music for the screen, and our very own OMNIA podcast.

The Intricate Riddle of Life

Music and Meaning • Season 4, Episode 6

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Music is undeniably one of the oldest and most essential art forms. The power of song and dance has been the pulse of social movements throughout the world and a source of collective and individual healing during difficult times for millennia. Ethnomusicologist Carol Muller discusses the importance of music in her home country of South Africa during the apartheid era, and Nicholas Escobar, C’18, talks about his process composing music for film as well as for our OMNIA podcast.


Nicholas Escobar, C’18

Carol Muller, Professor of Music

Host, Producer, Interviewer, and Editor

Alex Schein


Marina Muun


Theme by Nicholas Escobar, C’18

Additional music by Nicholas Escobar; Randy Newman, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (from Toy Story 4); Thomas Newman, “May” (from The Shawshank Redemption); Dollar Brand aka Abdullah Ibrahim, “Whoza Mtwana” and “Mannenberg Revisited”; Miriam Makeba, “Soweto Blues”; Duke Ellington, “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)”; Sathima Bea Benjamin, “Lush Life” and “Solitude”; The O’Jays, “I Love Music” (Mike Maurro Mix).

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