ONLINE: Africa at Noon – Isthmus
press release: Every Wednesday lunchtime — since 1973! — Faculty, students, and community members of the African Studies Program came together for AFRICA AT NOON, a weekly one-hour lecture series showcasing diverse African research from scholars around the world to academic and community.
March 2: “Music in/as an Afropolitan language: the ethics of personality in Wolof Islamic hip-hop”
Samba Camara is a teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches courses in African popular culture and performance. He holds a doctorate. in Interdisciplinary Arts and a Masters in African Studies (Ohio University) and a Masters in African American Studies (Cheikh Anta Dip University). Dr. Camara’s upcoming monograph, titled, A Muslim afropolitanism: the ethics of the person in Senegalese music, draws on ethnography as well as aesthetic and content analysis of popular Wolof music and musical performance. The book documents how Senegalese urban artists are mobilizing popular music steeped in Islam to create powerful analogies of interfaith dialogue while foregrounding Wolof codes of night, or ethical personality. Dr. Camara’s research has been published in journals such as Duke Research Africa Reviews, Journal of African Cultural Studies, and African Arts. He is currently the principal investigator of a digitization project funded by the British Library in which a team of academics is working to collect and preserve endangered manuscripts of songs and poetry in the Pulaar language composed by authors West African Islamic cultures of the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. Camara also co-edits a book titled African and world languages Modernitieswhich features selected chapters from the proceedings of the South East African Languages and Literatures (SEALLF) conference which it co-hosted in November 2021. This volume features case studies showing how African languages - in various forms and dynamics in Africa, the United States, Latin America and the Indian Ocean region – constitute resilient sites and vehicles of African cultural modernities as mediated through music, literature and performance.
The Africa at Noon series will take place virtually this semester until further notice. Everyone is welcome. This event will take place on Zoom. Spring semester information:
Webinar ID: 919 9390 3821; Access code: 965483
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You can view available recordings of past Africa at Noon webinars using the link(s) on the event page.