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Andrew Jones - "The Far East Sound in Jamaica" (Sept. 19, 7:30PM)

Event Start: 
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:30pm
622 DODGE HALL (note, not in 701C)

The Program in Chinese Literature and Culture and the Center for Ethnomusicology Jointly Present:

The 'Far East Sound' In Jamaica

Andrew F. Jones

Louis B. Agassiz Professor of Chinese
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

University of California at Berkeley

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m. 

Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Room 622 


This lecture by Andrew Jones revolves around a cohort of Hakka Chinese entrepreneurs, record producers, and studio musicians who played an outsized role in shaping Jamaica's most important cultural export, reggae music. Chinese-Jamaican producers like Clive Chin and Herman Chin-Loy not only recorded and marketed some of the first examples of the vastly influential and innovative genre of studio remixes known as dub music, but also contributed to the rise of a new and historically plangent subgenre in reggae called the "far east sound." This presentation will explore how "China" sounded in the seemingly unlikely setting of a newly independent Afro-Caribbean island nation, and what this genre of music might tell us about imperial history, migrations of labor and capital, music technology, and the sonic shaping of a postcolonial “home.”

Andrew F. Jones is Louis B. Agassiz Professor of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California at Berkeley and teaches modern Chinese literature and media culture. He is the author of three books on music: Like a Knife: Ideology and Genre in Contemporary Chinese Popular Music, Yellow Music: Media Culture and Colonial Modernity in the Chinese Jazz Age, and the forthcoming Circuit Listening: Chinese Popular Music in the Global 1960s. He has also written Developmental Fairy Tales: Evolutionary Thinking and Modern Chinese Culture, and translated literary works by Yu Hua and Eileen Chang. 



Co-sponsored by Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and Institute for Comparative Literature and Society



Indigenous Hip Hop Artists & Activists Dioganhdih and Chhoti Maa at the Center, Friday Sept. 6, 4-6PM

Event Start: 
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)

The Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University is proud to present our first public event of the 2019-20 academic year!

A public conversation and informal performance with Indigenous Hip Hop artists, producers, and cultural activists:

Dioganhdih & Chhoti Maa

Friday, September 6, 2019
4:00PM to 6:00PM (reception to follow)
701C Dodge Hall, on the Columbia University Morningside Campus
(@ Broadway and 116th St.)

To reserve space or request special accommodations, or for more information, please write to

Artist Biographies:

Dioganhdih is a queer indigenous hip-hop artist and producer making waves in space where cis+heteronormative culture often remains unchallenged. Shouldering the strength and resilience of their Kanien'kehá:ka and Tsa’la’gi lineage, Dio’s vocal and hip-hop performance is a poetic and lyrical affront to colonialism. Dio’s vision is reflective of their Haudenosaunee ancestors inherent honoring of the Earth and commitment to intertribal relations, civic art and cultural engagement.

Dio Ganhdih (Akwesasne-Mohawk) was born on the Onondaga Nation territory in so-called upstate “New York.” Their introduction to music was through traditional Haudenosaunee ceremony and giving thanks. From early, Dio was surrounded by the celebration of Haudenosaunee culture, laying tempo and lending rhythm to the cultivation of their musical career. 

Dio took their attention for music and love for poetry in hip-hop and started rapping, freestyling, composing and producing music. Dio found mentors and producers in the hip-hop community who were rooted in the culture of radical Black, Afro-Indigenous resistance. 
Rap and lyricism have become a medium for Dio to create larger conversations within indigenous communities about sexuality, gender identity, re-indigenizing and exploring an urban native lifestyle while preserving traditional indigenous culture.

Dio has performed at Stanford, Duke, Yale, Brown University, Oceti Sakowin Standing Rock, SolCollective in Sacramento, Club Gretchen in Berlin, Asinabka Film & Media Festival in Ottawa, House of Vans in Brooklyn, the SoundCloud Summer Party in Berlin, The Chapel in San Francisco, The Art House in New Orleans, and countless dj booths, stoops, bodegas, rooftops and park benches

Chhoti Maa is a multidisciplinary cultural producer & organizer with 12 years of experience.
Chhoti Maa was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. She is based in Oakland, California.
Chhoti Maa is a multidisciplinary cultural producer, working through art, music, writing, red medicine and danza.

Chhoti has self-released 6 projects (2 lps, 4 eps) in her eleven years as an MC / singer / producer. Her sound work is rooted in hip hop, migrantsoul, neufolk, Mexican oral tradition, specifically her Grandma's storytelling magic.

Chhoti Maa has performed, collaborated and taught children, teens and adults in festivals, conferences, house shows, community spaces, museums, theaters, galleries, schools, universities and in the streets of Puerto Rico, China, Cuba, Spain, Qatar, U.A.E., Ghana, Peru, Mexico, Sweden, Canada, the US and multiple Indigenous Nations.

Chhoti’s work deals with decolonial living, intersectional solidarity, contemporary Indigenous spirituality, queerness, migrant empowerment and the reconstruction of the womxn temple. 
Chhoti Maa has received the following awards and grants to support her work as a musician and as a music event curator.
 2019 - Atiza music video selected for 22nd Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, Austin, TX
 2018 - Selected Artist for Joyful Noise’s White Label Series, Bloomington, IN
 2018 - 4th Place in 14th Annual QWOC Film Festival, QWOCMAP, San Francisco, CA
 2017 - Women's Audio Mission Artist Residency, WAM, San Francisco, CA
• 2017 - Beloved Community Fund, Akonadi Foundation, Oakland, CA
• 2012 - MusixMatch Award, "Los Hijos del Sonido Volador", Music Hack Day, Sonar 19' Festival Internacional de Música Avanzada y New Media Art, Barcelona, España

Access to music on various platforms:
Social Media: Chhoti Maa on youtube, instagram, facebook, twitter, bandsintown, songkick & official website.

Congratulations to Dr. Beatriz Goubert!

Congratulations to our newest alumna, Dr. Beatriz M. Goubert! Dr. Goubert successfully defended her Columbia University PhD dissertation in Ethnomusicology, “Nymsuque: Contemporary Muisca Indigenous Sounds in the Colombian Andes” on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The dissertation was sponsored by Prof. Ana Ochoa, and the committee included Profs. Kevin Fellezs and Aaron Fox (pictured here with Dr. Goubert), joined by our NYU colleague Prof. David Samuels and our Oklahoma U colleague (and distinguished alumna!) Prof. Amanda Minks.

Congratulations Doctor Goubert!

Jessie Rubin (BC Ethnomusicology '19) Wins Ethel Stone Lefrak Prize in the Arts from Barnard College

Jessie Rubin BC '19The Columbia Ethnomusicology community is delighted to congratulate Jessie Rubin, Barnard College class of 2019 and Ethnomusicology track major, who has been awarded the Ethel Stone Lefrak Prize for excellence in the arts by Barnard College.  Jessie has just completed her senior project thesis, entitled "Vocality in Exile: The Indigenization of Scottish Bagpipes in a Palestinian Refugee Community," under the supervision of Prof. Fox.  She is also the second Barnard Ethnomusicology track major to win the Ethel Stone Lefrak Prize in the last two years!

Congratulations Jessie!

Andrés García Molina Wins SEM-Niagra T. Temple Tuttle Prize

Andrés García Molina

The Columbia Ethnomusicology community warmly congratulates PhD candidate Andrés García Molina, whose paper entitled “The Mutual Circulation of Sound and Goods in Havana: On Sound, Circulation, and Architecture,” has been awarded the T. Temple Tuttle Prize for Best Student Paper at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology's Niagra Chapter.  

Congratulations Andrés!

Katie Radishofski Wins Kluge Graduate Fellowship!

Katie Radishofski
The Columbia University Ethnomusicology community warmly congratulates PhD candidate Katie Radishofski, who has been awarded a Kluge Graduate Fellowship, in the Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program (CUSP),  for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Katie will also  serve as a Kluge Summer Mentor for Summer 2019. 

Katie is completing a dissertation entitled "
The Game Ain’t the Same”: Hip-Hop, Cultural Memory, and Neoliberal Urbanism in New York City" under the sponsorship of Prof. Kevin Fellezs. 

Congratulations Katie! 

Mary Catherine Stoumbos Selected as 2019-20 Lead Teaching Fellow at CTL

Mary Catherine StoumbosThe Ethnomusicology community at Columbia congratulates PhD student Mary Catherine Stoumbos, who was selected as a "Lead Teaching Fellow" for the Department of Music by Columbia'sCenter for Teaching and LearningThe Lead Teaching Fellow program is a professional development opportunity for doctoral students who are committed to promoting pedagogical practices and conversations among graduate students. LTFs participate in a series of meetings at the CTL, organize teaching-related workshops in their home departments, and act as liaisons between their peers and the CTL. 

Congratulations Mary!

Department of Music -- Senior Project Symposium (Friday May 3, 1PM-4PM)

The Department of Music and the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University are please to present the

2019 Senior Project Symposium

FRIDAY MAY 3, 2019
All are welcome!

Please join us in 701C Dodge Hall, the Center for Ethnomusicology, on Friday, May 3, 2019, from 1PM-4PM for our annual Undergraduate Senior Project Symposium, featuring presentations by five graduating seniors (Katie Cooke, Jessica Edgar, Brent Morden, Fabiola Ines Plaza and Jessie Rubin, from the Dept. of Music, and Andrea Floersheimer, from the Dept. of History)  who have completed senior projects with Music Department faculty advisers this spring.  Join us in proudly celebrating these fantastic projects! Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.  The schedule of presentations is below. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by Q&A, with brief breaks between presentations. 

Schedule of Presentations:

1:00PM Brent Morden (Columbia College Music Major): "Modeling Artistic Collaboration Across Time and Space."

1:30PM Jessica Edgar (Columbia College Music Major): "Restraint, Women, and the British Choral Tradition."

2:00PM Katie Cooke (Columbia College Music Major): "The Ministry of Love: An Exploration of Turkish Contemporary Christian Music."

2:30PM Jessie Rubin (Barnard College Music Major): "Vocality in Exile: The Indigenization of Scottish Bagpipes in a Palestinian Refugee Community."

3:00PM Fabiola Ines Plaza (Columbia College Music Major): "Nationalism in Venezuelan Classical Music: Connecting the Musical Revolution of the 20th Century to Today."

3:30PM Andrea Floersheimer (Columbia College History Major): "Kitchen Courthouses and Flying Judges: Bush Justice in Alaska, 1959-80."

Dr. César Colón-Montijo Awarded Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship!

Dr. Cesar Colon-Montijo
The Columbia University Ethnomusicology community is delighted to congratulate our recent PhD alumnus, and current Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Music, Dr. César Cólon-Montijo, who has been named to the first cohort of Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows at Princeton University. 

Congratulations César!


Dr. Cólon-Montijo received his PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2018 from the Department of Music and currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department. His dissertation, entitled  Specters of Maelo: An Ethnographic Biography of Ismael ‘Maelo’ Rivera, was advised by Profs. Ochoa and Washburne.  Dr. Colón-Montijo will join the Princeton University Department of Spanish and PortugueseColón-Montijo holds a master’s degree in anthropology and audiovisual communication from the University of Barcelona and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Puerto Rico, in addition to his PhD from Columbia. His research spans Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latinx media and cultural studies, and is focused on the production and reception of popular song, music, print and non-print texts and their role in shaping communities and social movements. In addition to his scholarly work, Colón-Montijo is a journalist and documentary filmmaker with experience in radio and television. Colón-Montijo will be advised by Pedro Meira Monteiro, the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

PhD Student Kyle DeCoste Wins Best Student Paper Prize at 2019 IASPM-US!

Kyle DeCosteCongratulations to Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD student student Kyle DeCoste! Kyle was awarded the Best Graduate Student Paper at the 2019 International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Branch (IASPM-US) annual meeting for his paper, “Music All Up and Down the Street: Listening to Childhood in James Baldwin’s Little Man, Little Man.” In the paper, DeCoste uses Baldwin’s “children’s book for adults” as way to re-think conceptions of childhood innocence and the role of music in mediating the realities of black children's lives in Harlem.
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