Louise Meintjes Colloquium

Zulu Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid
February 9, 2018 - 3:30pm
Old Cabell Hall 107

The McIntire Department of Music presents a colloquium by Louise Meintjes on Friday, February 9, 2018 in 107 Old Cabell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

In a world in which Zulu ngoma dancers encounter violence, live and manage it, fear and suffer it, violence becomes a theme enunciated by the singing dancing body. That violence, rendered into an aesthetic, has entwined injurious forms. Periodized through South Africa’s history and enacted in the present, experiences of violence are carried in bodies and voices, and so also are positions reflecting upon it, and the will to speak back to it or with it. Ngoma’s “warrior" aesthetics are inextricably linked to violent politics.

Louise Meintjes is Associate Professor of Music and Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, and author of Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio (2003), and Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid (2017), both published by Duke UP.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda.  (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

All programs are subject to change.

For more information please call the McIntire Department of Music at 434.924.3052.


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112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

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