AboutI am an ethnomusicologist and sound culture researcher specializing in urban Kenya. I received my PhD in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2009, with a dissertation on voice, place, and identity on Kenya’s Swahili coast. From 2011 to 2013, I carried out research on the recording industry in Nairobi as a postdoctoral research associate with Georgina Born’s ERC-funded project on music and digital technology at Oxford. Currently I am working on an ethnographic monograph on music, spatial relations, and cultural citizenship in urban Kenya, while also continuing my research on the recording industry in Nairobi.
EducationPhD Columbia University, Ethnomusicology, 2009
BMus New York University, Jazz Performance (Minor in Cultural Anthropology)
Work Shared in CORE
- Eisenberg, Andrew J.; Perullo, Alex; Skinner, Ryan; Steingo, Gavin. “Popular Music,” In Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, ed. Thomas Spear (Oxford University Press), 2017. https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199846733/obo-9780199846733-0198.xml [paywall]
- “Traditional Music,” In Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, ed. Thomas Spear (Oxford University Press), 2015. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199846733/obo-9780199846733-0171.xml [paywall]
- “Zein l’Abdin Ahmed is the Coastal Lute Player Who Popularised Taarab” [obituary], Daily Nation (Kenya), November 4, 2016. http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/weekend/1220-3441142-format-xhtml-sup44r/index.html.
- “A Tribute to Kenyan Taarab Legend Zein l’Abdin” [blog post], Music in Africa. July 26, 2016. http://musicinafrica.net/kenya-mourns-death-taarab-legend-zein-l%E2%80%99abdin?language=en.