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Rumba and Semba; Musical Highlights in Times of Independence in Kongo and Angola

Dr. Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger, Independent Researcher and Research Associate RWTH Aachen

Dinsdag 7 maart, 11:30 - 12:30 uur.
Universiteitsbibliotheek, Singel 425, Belle van Zuylenzaal

In countries, in which most people could not read and write and also spoke different languages in de 1960s and 1970s, musicians succeeded to achieve some sense of cohesion. They had a quite important role to bring people together creating the perception of a shared political destiny. This was the case in Kongo and Angola, in which countries Papa Wendo and the Ngola Rhythms represented the expectations of a future postcolonial society. What kind of music did they play and sing? What was their impact after independence? And how is this period seen today?

Dr. Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger focuses her research on cultural and scientific history in the post-colonial context. Her main focus is Latin American and Caribbean literary criticism.
Dr. Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger teaches at the Humboldt University (Institute for Romance Languages) and was a lecturer at the University of Maryland (Spanish and Portuguese Department).