'Isicathamiya: Zulu Choral Music Past and Present' by Elizabeth Gunner, including 'Making Music in Hard Times: Youth and the Genre of Isicathamiya in the Time of AIDS, Some Observations'


Foot stomping, lyrical, gospel -- Zulu Choral music has it all! Professor Elizabeth Gunner's Powerpoint presentation focuses on this wonderful genre, and the transitions in the music from its beginnings to present day, particularly the current relationship between youth, AIDS, and this music. She will also play selections of Zulu Choral music and show video of performances.


Thursday, February 10, 2005
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Room 1200
Popper Theatre
Schoenberg Music Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA 90095

From apartheid to AIDS, Zulu choral music has informed, inspired, incited, and enthused listeners and performers for over 70 years.  Listen to selections of this beautiful music, watch video of performances, and enjoy as Professor Gunner gives a PowerPoint presentation on Zulu choral music!

Presentation:  "Isicathamiya:  Zulu Choral Music Past and Present" - also included in the presentation:  "Making Music in Hard Times: Youth and the Genre of Isicathamiya in the Time of AIDS, Some Observations"

Presenter:  Elizabeth Gunner, Professor and Acting Director, Centre for African Literary Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Date/Time:  Thursday, February 10, 2005, 1:00 PM

Location:  Room 1200 (Popper Theatre), Schoenburg Music Bldg.

Foot stomping, lyrical, gospel, dance, message-oriented, wonderful -- Zulu music has it all!  Professor Elizabeth Gunner will give a historical overview, the transitions in the music from its beginnings to present day, then explore the relationship between youth, AIDS, and music.

Do you enjoy music by one of the most recognized Zulu groups, Ladysmith Black Mambazo?  Did you enjoy Paul Simon's album "Graceland" featuring the beautiful vocals of the group?  [Coincidentally, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be in concert in Royce Hall Sat., Feb. 12 at 8 PM.]   Then you'll enjoy this presentation.

Professor, translator, and fiction writer, Elizabeth Gunner is an authority on Zulu literature. Author of A Handbook for Teaching African Literature, she has edited or co-edited several books, including The Man of Heaven and the Beautiful Ones of God: Writings from a South African Independent Church; Politics and Performance: Theatre, Poetry and Song in Southern Africa; and Musho! Zulu Popular Praises. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Century of South African Short Stories, New African Writing, and A Century of South African Short Stories.

Professor Gunner joined the faculty at the University of Natal, South Africa, in 1998 from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London where she lectured on written and oral African literature. She also taught African literature in Sierra Leone at school and teacher training college levels and in addition to her works on the teaching of African literature, she has also written about African and Caribbean women's writing. Another area of interest is orality and performance culture. She recently taught courses in Early South African Fiction, Introduction to World Literature in English, and Drama and Social Change. Professor Gunner also edited a book on literature and history in South Africa and Australia.

Lecture is free and open to the public; parking is available in parking structure # 2 for $ 7. 

When parking, enter UCLA at Hilgard Ave. and Westholme - go to parking kiosk booth and tell the attendant you are here for the Zulu Choral Music event, and after you pay the $7, they will direct you to parking.  Since parking is often problematic during the day, the parking folks will have some spaces for attendees, but be sure to tell them you're here for the Zulu choral music.  Parking availability based on first come, first served. 

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Special Instructions

When parking, enter UCLA at Hilgard Ave. and Westholme - go to parking kiosk booth and tell the attendant you are here for the Zulu Choral Music event, and after you pay the $7, they will direct you to parking. Since parking is often problematic during the day, the parking folks will have some spaces for attendees, but be sure to tell them you're here for the Zulu choral music. Parking availability based on first come, first served.


Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 2 for $7.

For more information please contact:

James S. ColemanAfrican Studies Center

Tel: 310-825-3686

africa@international.ucla.edu


www.international.ucla.edu/africa


Sponsor(s): African Studies Center