Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW IN INTERNATIONAL HUMANITIES (MUSIC)

Biography

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo is a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities with the Department of Music, where she teaches courses in African Diasporic Music. She earned her Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University. Her academic work 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. She is currently working on an article about different forms of "boundary work" performed by sound engineers who work in community-studio based on her dissertation, a multi-sited ethnography of two community-studio sites entitled, "On the Boundaries of Multivalent Musicking: A Study on the Politics of Community-Studios." Her creative work as an Afrofuturist rapper and producer under the moniker Sammus focuses primarily on black feminist politics and Afrodiasporic identities as they are negotiated from behind and in front of the screens that govern modern life. She is currently working on her seventh studio album.