- Title: Performing Zimbabwe: A Transdisciplinary Study of Zimbabwean Musci
- Editor\s: Luis Gimenez Amoros & Maurice Vambe
- Publisher: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press
- Country of Origin: South Africa
- Publication Year: 2018
- ISBN: 9781869143961
- Bib. Info: Paperback; 364pp
Performing Zimbabwe presents a transdisciplinary analysis of Zimbabwean music, drawing from different disciplines such as sociology, ethnomusicology, history, journalism, development studies, English, philology and drama. It offers a re-evaluation of Zimbabwean music by Zimbabwean scholars and, in so doing, reconsiders the work of international academics on the subject.
It thus highlights the significance of local scholars in the study of Zimbabwean music. Given that this book features a wide range of perspectives, it provides a solid foundation for future studies on Zimbabwean music, either historically in the precolonial and colonial periods, or in the contemporary postcolonial period.
Luis Gimenez Amoros is a research fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. Previously, he was an ethnomusicology lecturer at the University of Fort Hare and a postdoctoral fellow in the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies at Rhodes University. Gimenez Amoros has conducted research on transcultural music, postcolonial studies and new/old mobilities in precolonial music in Western Sahara, Mali, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa, as well as in India and Spain. He combines his academic career with composing and has released solo albums and performed with numerous international artists. Regarding studies on Zimbabwean music, Gimenez Amoros has performed with many mbira artists and conducted the digital return of Zimbabwean recordings from the International Library of African Music (ILAM) related to his book Tracing the Mbira Sound Archive in Zimbabwe (Routledge, 2018).
Maurice T. Vambe is a professor of African Literature in English in the English Studies Department at the University of South Africa. He has published extensively on song, film and African literature in English and the Shona languages. His latest book is Genocide in African Fiction (Africa Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Tolerance Studies in collaboration with Africa World Press, 2018).