Joyce Jenje Makwenda: Motown in Zimbabwe

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Special Event: Thursday, June 22, 6 pm at Cultivate (307 N. River St., Ypsilanti)

Joyce Jenje Makwenda is an archivist, historian, ethnomusicologist, and writer who was born in Zimbabwe in 1958. She lives and works in Harare where she founded and runs the Joyce Jenje Makwenda Collection Archive. It is one of the largest privately-owned archives in Zimbabwe, housing documented interviews, newspaper, vinyl records, photography, musical instruments, and other objects and materials. For the past thirty years her work has been focused on early urban culture, music, politics, education, religion, media, fashion, sexuality, cultural issues, and women’s histories in Zimbabwe. Some of her notable publications include Zimbabwe Township Music (2005), Divorce Taken (2009), and Women Musicians of Zimbabwe (2013).

Joyce Jenje Makwenda is the recipient of the 2017 ZCCD (Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit) Research Resident in partnership with the Penny Stamp Distinguished Speaker Series (University of Michigan) and Njelele Art Station in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her month-long residency will research cultural connections between Detroit and cities in Zimbabwe, focusing on the role of Motown music in early urban culture. This ZCCD Research Residence was made possible through funding from the Knights Foundation, Resonant Detroit Grant, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan through the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.

Joyce Jenje Makwenda will be conversing with Dr. Melvin Peters, who taught in the Department of African American Studies at Eastern Michigan. Dr. Peters is an archivist, historian, and writer specializing in the cultural history and cultural continuity of the expanse of the African Diaspora as expressed in literature, music, and film — and the relationship of cultural expression to social movements.

Presented in partnership with the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit (ZCCD).
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When and Where

Cultivate, 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti MI

June 2017

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6:00pm - 7:30pm

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