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Kay K. Shelemay
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Ethiopian Music and Musicians in the United States

I will write a book about Ethiopian music and musicians in the United States, exploring musical performance as a creative process through which an immigrant community establishes and maintains ethnic, religious, and social boundaries. As members of one of the largest African communities forced to migrate in the late twentieth-century, Ethiopian American musicians are active agents within global networks stretching from the United States to their former homeland. Based on musical ethnography in Washington, D.C. and in Ethiopia, this project will shed light on the expressive culture of a subset of new Africans in the United States and contribute to a deeper understanding of music's role in helping form communities in transition.

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2007 – 6/30/2008