Assistant Professor 

Ndaliko Web

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko (Assistant Professor) is an interdisciplinary scholar and activist who studies human creativity in African conflicts through ethnomusicology, film/media studies, and cultural theory. Her research engages ethnographic and community based participatory methods to explore the meanings local communities ascribe to art making in post-colonial warzones. Through critical analysis of music, films, music videos, and textual representations of war and violence in Africa, she advocates a paradigm shift in the global application of humanitarian and charitable aid. Her monograph, Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo (Oxford University Press, 2016), introduces into heated international debates on aid and sustainable development a case for the necessity of arts and culture in negotiating sustained peace. Currently she is working on two projects, the first is an edited volume exploring NGO-sponsored art production in conflicts across the African continent; the second is a monograph about musical mediations of race and (im)migration through the works of Congolese pianist and composer Ray Lema, whose music has animated social and political movements in Africa, Europe, and North- and South- America.

Ndaliko holds a B.M. in film scoring from the Berklee College of Music, an A.M. from Harvard University in Ethnomusicology, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in African Studies (2012), where was a pioneer of the University’s Social Engagement Initiative. In addition to her teaching and research, she also serves as Executive Director of the Yole!Africa cultural center in Goma DRC, Executive Director of the Congo International Film Festival, and founder and faculty advisor for Yole!Africa U.S.

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“Yole!Africa: Negotiating Art and War in Eastern Congo.” In Critical Interventions: Special Issue. London: Routledge, forthcoming Winter 2014.

“Beyond ‘Victimology’: Generating Agency Through Film in Eastern DRCongo.” In Art and Trauma in Africa: Representations of Reconciliation in Music, Visual Arts, Literature and Film, Edited by Lizelle Bisschoff and Stephanie Van de Peer.  London: IB Taurus, 2013.

“African Cinema.” In Encyclopedia of African Thought, Edited by F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Music as Culture: Media and Social Change in Africa; Soundtracks of the Black Atlantic; Music and Migration; Music, Film, and Aid in Contemporary Africa; Black Music; Music and Politics