Talk: Bantu Contributions in Brazilian Popular Music

Fri Mar 15 2019 at 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
King's College London, WC2R 2ND, London, United Kingdom

King's College London, WC2R 2ND, London, United Kingdom

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In this talk, Professor Kazadi wa Mukuna will be discussing Bantu contributions in Brazilian Popular Music, drawing on his seminal 1978 book which spearheaded new ethnomusicological perspectives in the analysis of Africanisms in the Americas. 

This study addresses a long overdue concern among students of Africanisms in the Americas that cultural practices and musical instruments have been indiscriminately attributed to Africa without identifying their actual "ethnic" or cultural group, or revealing the traditional function these musical elements fulfilled in their respective societies of origin.

While focusing on the traditional functions of musical components and instruments in their respective societies of origin, Professor Kazadi wa Mukuna articulates the idea of transmutation of “musical concepts“ following the rupture from Africa. The new context of transatlantic slavery did affect the way Africans thought about their musical elements in the Americas, by keeping its African structure and adopting European functions.

The Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and the King's Brazil Institute, in collaboration with AMI5 (Perceptual Institute of Art and Music), will host this talk by Professor Kazadi wa Mukuna, who is Professor of Ethnomusicology, and Director of the African Ensemble at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USA. 

Among his books are: 

Characteristic Criteria in the Vocal Music of the Luba-Shankadi Children (1972);

African Songs for American Elementary Schools (1980);

Contribuição Bantu na Música Popular Brasileira: Perspectivas Etnomusicológicas, 3rd edition (2006);

Interdisciplinary Study of the Ox and the Slave (Bumba-meu-Boi): A Satirical Music Drama in Brazil (2003).

Among his most popular articles are:

“Toward the Quest for the Truth in Ethnomusicology” (2007);

“Globalization of the Urban Music of the Democratic Republic of the Congo” (2005);

“Slit Drum” (2003); “Congolese Music” (2001);

“Ethnomusicology and the Study of Africanisms in the Music of Latin America: Brazil” (1999);

“The Rise of Bumba-meu-Boi in Maranhão: Resilience of African Brazilian Cultural Identity” (1999);

“The Evolution of Urban Music During the 2nd and 3rd Decades (1975-1985) of the Second Republic – Zaire” (1999);

“Creative Practice in African Music: New Perspectives in the Scrutiny of Africanisms in Diaspora” (1997);

“The Universal Language of all Time?” (1997).

 Two of Professor Kazadi's most current research projects are “A Dictionary of Urban Music and Musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” and “The Evolution of the Urban Music of the Democratic Republic of the Congo”.

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