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Fellowships at the National Humanities Center
W. Robert Connor, National Humanities Center

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Musical Echoes: South African Women Thinking in Jazz (Book) [show prizes]
Title: Musical Echoes: South African Women Thinking in Jazz
Author: Sathima Bea Benjamin
Author: Carol Ann Muller
Abstract: This is a biography of the South African jazz vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin. Born in Cape Town in the 1930s, Benjamin came to know American jazz and popular music through the radio, movies, records, and live stage and dance band performances. In 1962 she and Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) left South Africa together for Europe, where they met and recorded with Duke Ellington. Benjamin and Ibrahim spent their lives on the move between Europe, the United States, and South Africa until 1977, when they left Africa for New York City and declared their support for the African National Congress. In New York, Benjamin established her own record company and recorded her music independently from Ibrahim. This book reflects twenty years of archival research and conversation. The narrative of Benjamin’s life and times is interspersed with Muller’s reflections on the vocalist’s story and its implications for jazz history.
Year: 2011
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Publisher: Duke University Press
Type: Multi-author monograph
ISBN: 9780822349143
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes

Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India, and the Afrasian Imagination (Book) [show prizes]
Title: Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India, and the Afrasian Imagination
Author: Gaurav Desai
Abstract: Reading the life narratives and literary texts of South Asians writing in East Africa, Gaurav Desai builds a new history of Africa's encounter with slavery, colonialism, migration, nationalism, development, and globalization. Rather than approach literature and culture from a nation-centered perspective, Desai connects the medieval trade routes of the Islamicate empire, the early independence movements galvanized in part by Gandhi's southern African experiences, the invention of new ethnic nationalisms, and the rise of plural, multiethnic nations to the fertile exchange taking place across the Indian Ocean.
Year: 2013
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Publisher: Columbia University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978023153559
Copy sent to NEH?: No