French Lecture Series

4:45 PM  - 6:00 PM
Friday Mar 28, 2014
Olin-Rice Science Center 100

John Nimis, '97 will present “Love and Music in Contemporary Africa: Kinshasa’s ‘Musique Moderne.’”  

After speaking about his experience, life at Macalester, and his trajectory from Physics, French, and Music to African Studies, John will speak about his research.

His talk will serve as an introduction to the popular music of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been an enormous influence across the African continent. A dazzling mix of electric guitars, intricate melodies, and dance rhythms, Congolese "rumba" or "soukous" has miraculously thrived from colonial times, through Mobutu's repressive dictatorship, and various stages of radical instability. One of the most central and unifying examples of modern African culture, its theme is almost always romantic love, with melodramatic songs about marriage and divorce, infidelity, and unrequited love.

John Nimis is currently Assistant Professor of African Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He received his PhD in French from New York University, and also holds a Master's in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan and a BA in Physics from Macalester College. His primary research focus is on the popular music of the Congo region and the Lingala language, and his secondary research areas include African literature, French literature, literary theory, as well as cinema and popular music in the Global South. 

Contact: Theresa Klauer, 6437

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents and Families and Public

Sponsored By: African Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Music

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