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Violence, politics and Zulu song during South Africa’s transition. Louise Meintjes, November 5, 2015

Re-organizing the Sensory World:
Violence, politics & Zulu song during South Africa’s transition

Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop

Free and open to the public

Download: audio, small video, or original.

What happens when artists refute music as a political act yet by force of circumstance are embroiled in political violence, when masculine bravado that produces eloquent art at once can fuel conflict? These questions collide in South Africa today, where performing and recording Zulu music challenges our understanding of the organization of the sensory world.

Louise Meintjes is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Music at Duke University. A highly respected scholar of South African music, and especially the work of Zulu musicians, her first book Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio (Duke Press, 2003) is an urban ethnography of a recording studio in Johannesburg in the early 1990s. Her article “Shoot the Sergeant, Shatter the Mountain: The Production of Masculinity in Zulu Ngoma Song and Dance in post-Apartheid South Africa” recieved the 2005 Jaap Kunst Prize for most significant article in ethnomusicology. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Austin.

This event is cosponsored by the Departments of African American and African Studies and Music and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change.

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