Louise Meintjes, Duke University, presents "The Eloquence of Anger: Zulu ngoma men’s song and dance" on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Psychology Building, 1835 Neil Avenue. Online registration is required. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Historical Research, the Department of Anthropology, and the Ethnomusicology program of the School of Music.
For Zulu ngoma performers, responsible manhood entails crafting anger into eloquence. In so doing, performers blur the lines between pain and styling, violence and its performance. When song and dance are limned by violence, how might we think about histories of anger acting upon the world through art? Living with the legacies of apartheid, ngoma performers’ anger (“ulaka”) is an expressive resource and a necessary though ambiguous response to injustice.
Louise Meintjes is the Marcellor Lotti Professor of Music and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Some of her recent publications include Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid (Duke University Press, 2017) and Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in the South African Studio (Duke University Press, 2003).
This lecture is free and open to the public; no ticket required. Registration is required to attend.
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