Upcoming Events

  • louise meintjes talk poster
November 28, 2018
3:30 - 5 PM
Music 1145
In rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, good ululators are appreciated, yet ululation is not considered performance. Ethnography of Zulu men’s song and dance performance prompts consideration of ululation as an artistic and social practice reverberating from the South. Its sound, in turn, invites a shift of attention from technology to the voice; it also genders Sound Studies and finds sympathetic vibrations with Black Studies, which is also curiously underplayed in the current evolution of Sound Studies.
Louise Meintjes is Associate Professor of Music and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. She is the author of Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio (Duke, 2003), an ethnography of the politics of production of mbaqanga music in a state-of-the-art studio during South Africa’s transition years (1990-1994); and Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid (Duke, 2017); an ethnography of a team of migrant Zulu men, singer-dancers/warrior-soldiers, and their experience of post apartheid South Africa. 
Sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music, Ethnomusicology Forum, and the African Studies Research Focus Group.
  1. November 28, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) is an association of faculty and students at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) that promotes the study of music across academic disciplines. CISM begins with the position that music is an important and powerful cultural practice, which becomes fundamental in shaping the materialities and methods of social life. By sponsoring diverse projects that engage multiple fields of knowledge, CISM works to expand the boundaries of traditional music research by creating an environment for high-level study and discussion of music that is not restricted to specialists.