This project investigates the musicking of African migrants and refugees in cities such as São Paulo, Lisbon and London, seeking in particular to understand how music and locality affect their diasporic experiences. The roots of the project began in December 2015 in São Paulo, exploring musical practice among recently arrived Africans in the city, in what is seen as a new - and growing - wave of immigration. The research focus is on translocal musicking, understanding this as something that both produces localities and helps negotiate identities. The research is part of the larger Thematic Project "Local musicking: New pathways for Ethnomusicology" (FAPESP: 2016 / 05318-7), in which I am a Principal Investigator. This fellowship will enable me to reflect more deeply on ethnomusicology, on Africanist anthropology and on migration studies, fields in which SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) has unique expertise. At the same time, the sustained engagement with colleagues and students at SOAS will help us build professional links and expand the possibilities for future collaborations between our departments. In addition, during the fellowship I plan to conduct fieldwork with migrant musicians in some European capitals, as well as make field trips to some of the countries of the African musicians who I have been working with in Brazil.
News published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the scholarship: