Luis Amoros

Luis Amoros
University of the Western Cape | uwc · Center for Humanities Research

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
My academic work is rather interdisciplinary on several topics related to postcolonial studies such as refugee studies, sound archives, Performance studies, citizenship or cultural circulation of music. Most of my research has been conducted in seven countries in Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, Malaysia and Spain.
Additional affiliations
February 2018 - present
University of the Western Cape
Position
  • Artist in Residence
Description
  • Interdisciplinary research on the sound archive, refugee studies in music, decolonial studies, Middle Passage studies
September 2016 - February 2018
Fort Hare University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Ethnomusicology (theoretical and practical subjects)
January 2011 - December 2015
Rhodes University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Ethnomusicology (theoretical and practical subjects)

Publications

Publications (26)
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In many African countries, music became an essential vehicle of communication and social expression in order to build new postcolonial states. Further, throughout their independence, many African states reconsidered the direction of national culture towards a decolonisation process. As part of the broad subject of decolonial studies, this article o...
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The International Library of African Music (ILAM) is located in South Africa and is the largest sound archive of African music on the continent. This article examines a project involving the digital return and revitalization of Zimbabwean mbira (The mbira (or thumb piano) is an instrument classified as lamellophone in the categorization of instrume...
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Tracing the Mbira Sound Archive in Zimbabwe analyses the revitalisation and repatriation of historical recordings from the largest sound archive in Africa, the International Library of African Music (ILAM). It provides a postcolonial study on the African sound archive divided into three historical periods: the colonial period offers a critical anal...
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Since 2004, I have conducted extensive research on Western Saharawi music in the refugee camps of the Hamada desert, Algeria, and on the music of Western Saharawi transnational communities in Spain (Gimenez Amoros 2006; 2012; 2015). As part of the study of Western Saharawi music, I have also analyzed the eleven albums of Western Saharawi music rele...
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This article examines the historical and musical forms of Orientalism found in the festival popularly known as Moros y cristianos (the Moors and Christians) in Spain and, in particular, the town of Villena in the province of Alicante. Since the 12th century, this traditional festival is mostly celebrated in towns along the eastern Mediterranean coa...
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This article examines the process of representation, dissemination, and commodification of Hassan’s music out of the Saharawi refugee camps of the Hamada desert in Algeria through its interaction with a Western record label, Nubenegra, between 2005 and 2012. Through the use of transcultural studies, this article examines both the interaction betwee...
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This article examines the popularisation of medej in the Saharawi refugee camps of Tindouf, Algeria. Traditionally, medej is a religious musical style performed on Thursday evenings in a familiar environment. Medej also serves as an announcement to al jummah (Friday), the day of the week that Muslims are meant to meet at the mosque to listen to the...
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This article analyses Saharawi music as performed for the refugee community in the camps. I argue that the construction and evolution of Saharawi music in the camps is divided into two main areas: nationalism in relation to the decolonisation of Western Sahara, and maintenance of cultural values in Saharawi music found in the historical retention o...
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Adama is an accomplished guitarist in diverse Malian styles. The Malian guitarist is able to analyse the forms and contexts of the national musical styles he performs in regards to: the musical interaction with other musicians, timbre, rhythm and melody. In this article, I examine how Adama performs a wide range of Malian musical styles in Bamako;...

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This project offers a reconsideration on the musical interconnectedness through historical and musicological research