group of performers

The Middlebury Afropop Band performs classic and contemporary popular music from all over the African continent.

Afropop is a dynamic and diverse blend of traditional African music with R&B, rock, pop, reggae, hip hop, funk, EDM, and many other Western and Afro-diasporic styles. Trademarks of these styles are catchy melodies and simple harmonies set to rich polyrhythms.

The Middlebury Afropop Band seeks players of all skill levels, majors and non-majors, on any instrument, including:

  • Voice
  • Electric guitar
  • Electric base
  • Keyboards/synth
  • Drumset
  • Percussion
  • Horns (esp. Tenor and Bari Sax, Trumpet, and Trombone)
  • African instruments (strings, keys, percussion, etc.)

Fall semester 2023


Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Mahaney Arts Center, Room 221

The music department will provide a keyboard, drumset, amplifiers, microphones, and some percussion; students are welcome to bring their own guitars, horns, and anything else they’d like to add to the ensemble.


Auditions will take place the first week of classes.

    Musicians should be generally competent on their instruments, but reading music is not a requirement. We will work cooperatively on listening, learning parts by ear, and creating our own arrangements. Our primary focus will be on ensemble groove and fostering a community-based ensemble with a strong, positive vibe.


    For more information and to schedule your audition time, please contact ensemble director Damascus Kafumbe at