Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo
MELLON GATEWAY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW (MUSIC)

Biography

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo is a Gateway Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Music and continuing fellow at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, where she teaches courses in rap songwriting and feminist sound studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2019. Her doctoral research explores the politics of community-studios, a term she has developed for fixed and mobile recording studios that prioritize working with artists from “underserved” communities as well as women and non-binary artists with the goal of providing these groups with free and low-cost recording services and education. In addition to her research and pedagogical practice, she also performs original music as a producer and rapper under the moniker Sammus. In 2019 she began working as an audio director at Glow Up Games, an R&D game studio responsible for developing a rap composition video game based on the HBO scripted series Insecure. Drawing on her experience working on the game, her forthcoming research will focus on the challenges of designing rap composition tools that prioritize hip-hop heads and gamers while engaging with broader cultural conversations about problematic yet ubiquitous phenomena like “digital blackface,” “blackfishing,” and the “blaccent” as they are performed and circulated on apps like TikTok and Instagram.