Dueling Bands & Good Girls: Music, Nation & Gender in Luanda's Musseques, 1960-1974

Marissa Moorman, Department of History, University of Minnesota, will present a lecture on the vibrant music scene in Angola from the early 1960s to 1970s and the impact of gender on that music scene.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10367 Bunche Hall (10th floor)
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The early 1960s to 1970s, a period corresponding to the height of colonial political repression in Angola, gave birth to a vibrant music scene which exploded in the capital city of Luanda's musseques, or African neighborhoods.  Neighborhood clubs threw parties animated by local bands that developed a style of music touted as typically Angolan.  The club music scene, distant though it may seem from the guerrilla struggle being waged in the north and east of the country and from the politics of nationalism, was in fact central to producing the nation.  Lyrics represented the struggles of quotidian existence, and when performed publicly, they transformed tragedy into public discontent.  But perhaps more importantly, gathering together in large groups where one certainly did not know everyone in the audience and where the audience represented a cross-section of Angolan society, intimated the nation.  Men and women were differently positioned within this scene and just as it might catapult a male musician to stardom, so too could it sully the reputation of a female singer.  The gendered relations of this 'provisional nation' will be central to this presentation.



Refreshments will be served. For off campus attendees, parking is available in parking structure 3 for $7.

Cost : Free

James S. Coleman African Studies Center


Sponsor(s): African Studies Center