Chérie Rivers Ndaliko
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. She is also the Executive Director of the Yole!Africa cultural center (www.yoleafrica.org) and of the Congo International Film Festival (www.ciff.cd) both located in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 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 arts activism within humanitarian and charitable aid. She has published two books on this topic, a monograph Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo (Oxford University Press, 2016), and a co-edited volume, The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in African Crises (forthcoming with Oxford University Press), both of which introduce into heated international debates on aid and sustainable development a case for the necessity of arts and culture in negotiating sustained peace. She also brings her activism into her teaching, crafting courses and assignments that prompt students to grapple with the practical and ethical challenges of social justice and to generate original work that allows them to explore the many intersections of creativity and positive social change.
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.
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The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in Africa Crises. Co-edited with Samuel Mark Anderson. New York, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Articles and Book Chapters
“Parsing Protest Music in Congo: A Mixtape.” In The Oxford Handbook of Protest Music; eds. Noriko Manabe and Eric Drott. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
“Mobutu’s Ghost: A Case for the Urgency of History in Cultural Aid.” In The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in Africa Crises. Co-edited with Samuel Mark Anderson. New York, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
“Introduction.” In The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in Africa Crises. Co-edited with Samuel Mark Anderson. New York, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
“In the Presence of Absence: Commemoration and Disavowal in Congo” (under review).
“What Remains: Reviving Lumumba’s Legacy in Music Video” (under review)
“Yole! Africa: Negotiating Art and War in the East of Congo.” Critical Interventions 8, no. 2 (2014): 201-220.
“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, 252-71. London: IB Taurus, 2013.
“Hip-hop in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” In Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, African Genres Volume, edited by John Shepherd and Heidi Feldman. Forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.
“The Question of International Aid.” In Africa is a Country. http://africasacountry.com/2014/02/the-question-of-international-aid/
“African Cinema.” In Encyclopedia of African Thought, edited by F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo, 232-7. 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