December 20, 2021

Attending to the Moment, 3rd AoM-LS/MC in 2022

After a COVID-induced break, we are now pleased to welcome Louise Meintjes as speaker and key discussant for our 3rd Anthropology of Music Lecture Series and Master Class, 13-16 July, 2022, at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany).
June 20, 2022

Lecture 2: Multimodality in Music Ethnography

A collaborative experiment at lifting my ethnography, Dust of the Zulu, off the page into a multimedia installation raised questions about the risks, challenges, promise and pleasures of multimodal ethnographic work about song and dance. I address the process and outcome of remixing the aesthetic, sensory and political registers of the book as a form of reciprocity and participation in a public anthropology of the arts.
June 20, 2022

Lecture 3: The Bellow of the Sacrificial Ox: Sound in precarious times

I explore the aesthetic value of cattle in Zulu song and dance, including in courting and wedding rituals. Worsening drought, floods, overgrazing, unemployment and inflation (exacerbated by the pandemic’s wrath), and a legacy of violence point to a time of dire economic contraction in Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal. Yet largesse that includes cattle prevails. I listen in to celebratory events to consider this seeming contradiction.
March 20, 2023

African Music and Politics, University of Siegen

How does popular music negotiate the legitimacy of political violence, and how do political actors refer to violence in musical practices? South Africa’s historical struggle against the racist system of Apartheid and the country’s vibrant music scenes make it a highly suitable case through which to explore how musicians, activists, politicians and wider audiences negotiate uses of political violence in and through popular music.
February 23, 2021

Da spielt die Musik!

Tonträger im allgemeinen, aber besonders die frühen Formate, also v.a. Schellackplatten, vermitteln einen Einblick in den Musikkonsum in afrikanischen Ländern während der jeweiligen historischen Epochen, über den nur wenige alltagshistorische Studien vorliegen.
December 16, 2022

Music, Nature and Nostalgia

This PhD project explores the ways in which the Brazilian music and dance genre Forró offers a space for imaginations that engender certain ways of being and identity formation. With a focus on nature and nostalgia, a special interested lies on the deeper connections between the experience of this music and particular lifestyles in northeastern Brazil.