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Jean Kidula

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Jean Ngoya Kidula, Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology), holds a Ph.D. from the University of California (1998), an M.M. from East Carolina University, and a B.Ed. (Music/French) from the University of Nairobi. She joined the University of Georgia in 1998 after having taught at Kenyatta University and Pomona College. She teaches African Music, African-American Music, Survey of Music Cultures of the World, Topics in World Music Cultures, History, theory and methods in ethnomusicology, Seminars in Ethnomusicology. She also directs an African Music Ensemble.  Her research and publications are in African musicology, indigenous, contemporary and popular music in Africa, gospel music in Africa and Sweden, African-American religious music, and composition in Africa and the Diaspora. She also is active in the performance of religious music, African choral music, and the Medieval and Renaissance vocal repertory.


Congratulations and sincere appreciation to Professor Jean Kidula (Professor, Music) for the successful hosting of the 2020 African Studies Spring Lecture on March3, 2020. Jean was the Chair of the Spring Lecture planning committee and faculty host for 2020 Spring Lecturer, Professor Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum, Professor of Ethnomusicology at Illinois State University. Professor Aduonum was a Franklin Visiting Scholar. The 2020 Spring Lecture was her signature solo award winning show, “Walking with my Ancestors” crafted from research in one of the slave holdings in Cape Coast, Ghana.

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