Visiting Artists and Scholars


"It is my understanding that until now, students have learned quite a bit about how to perform black music or have studied black music forms, quite expertly, but they have not been immersed in the culture of African and African American people. At Berklee, they can now."

–Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Sweet Honey in the Rock

Africana Studies works to bring prominent clinicians, artists, scholars, and educators to engage with our faculty and students. These visits are instrumental in exploring and supporting research and faculty development in black music studies. Africana Studies also works to enhance and bring visibility to existing Berklee courses in black music, increase student participation in these studies, as well as strengthen faculty bonds and interests through cross-departmental partnerships. Africana Studies produces Berklee’s Black Music Programming Concert/Lecture Series, the Warrick L. Carter Lecture, and supports and coordinates various educational clinics, internships, research projects, and visiting scholars.

Recent Warrick L. Carter Lecturers

  • Geri Allen
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • Toshi Reagon
  • Richard Smallwood
  • Cornel West

Africana Studies Visiting Artists Series

Africana Studies has produced concerts and talks at Berklee featuring:

  • T.J. Anderson
  • David Baker
  • Amiri Baraka
  • Regina Carter
  • Stanley Clarke
  • George Clinton
  • Mint Condition
  • George Duke
  • David "Honeyboy" Edwards
  • Nnenna Freelon
  • Donald Harrison
  • Robin Kelley
  • Kendrick Oliver Big Band
  • George Lewis
  • Lionel Loueke
  • Greg Osby
  • Patrice Rushen
  • Maria Schneider
  • Tye Tribbett
  • Lenny White