Wednesday, May 6, 4-5:30pm
Woodburn Hall 218
Gerhard Kubik is a professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. He has been researching African and American music for nearly half a century, and has published widely on the music, dance and oral traditions of Africa and of Afro-descendants in the Americas based on field research in 18 African countries as well as Venezuela, Brazil, and the United States. In the course of his studies, he has compiled the largest collection of African traditional music worldwide (more than 25,000 recordings), most of which are archived in the Phonogrammarchiv Wien in Vienna.
In addition to his scholarship, Prof. Kubik is also a performing musician, currently playing guitar and clarinet in Donald Kachamba's Heritage Jazzband, which specializes in kwela and other southern African styles. Some of his recent publications include Theory of African Music, vol II (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming) and Africa and the Blues (University of Mississippi Press, 2000).