UNM anthropologist part of cross-cultural songwriting collaboration at South Africa festival: UNM Newsroom
Staff, 2022-12-06 09:42:07,
Kristina M. Jacobsen, associate professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology (Ethnology) at The University of New Mexico, recently traveled to South Africa on a trip that burnished her credentials as a researcher and artist. While there, Jacobsen attended WOMAD South Africa, where she taught an interactive songwriting workshop and performed and recorded an original with South African musicians. She chronicled her experience in the digital anthropology magazine Sapiens.org.
Founded by Peter Gabriel, WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) has been successfully hosted in over 30 countries and to an audience of millions. Gabriel is an English musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and activist who rose to fame as a member of the rock band Genesis.
“Travel changes you. You are not the same person when you return,” Jacobsen reflected. “I have the incredible privilege and opportunity to travel halfway around the world, learn about another place through building one-on-one relationships with other artists, and share my own stories and songs on an international stage. I will carry this experience with me in many ways.”
Jacobsen traveled to WOMAD with the Diné-led jazz and funk trio DDAT from New Mexico.
“One evening before the festival, we were invited to Grammy Award-winning sound engineer John Lindemann’s house in Johannesburg for a listening session. We gathered in his modest home recording…
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