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Luvale Music and Spirit Manifestation in Zambia with Jason Winikoff

Amongst Luvale and related communities in present day Zambia, Angola, and Democratic Republic of the Congo, ancestral spirits manifest in the living world as makishi. There are dozens of makishi who are differentiated by their unique appearances, personalities, social functions, and performed actions. This spirit manifestation is a drama comprised of music, dance, masquerade, ritual action, and audience participation.

This presentation introduces the sonic world of Luvale makishi theatre. Drawing upon years of ethnographic field research conducted in Zambia, Winikoff will discuss the percussion ensemble music and makishi voices that dominate this ancestral soundscape. A particular focus will be placed upon timbre (sound quality or tone color) and the cultural ramifications of this dynamic sonic parameter.

Jason Winikoff is a proud partner of the Likumbi Lya Mize Cultural Association. He will share knowledge graciously passed onto him by his teachers Kapalu Lizambo, Josephine Sombo Muzala Chipango, William Vunda, and Douglas Mwila.



Lecture recording:

This lecture was held at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on August 26, 2023.

Coordinated by Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden & Hedy Law, UBC Associate Professor of Musicology at the School of Music the World Music Series is part of the “Crossing Border, Removing Barriers and Decolonizing Our History” project, funded by the 150 Time Immemorial Grant Program and administered by the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation and Heritage BC.

The World Music Series is supported by the 150 Memorial Fund of B.C. Heritage. Sponsored by UBC School of Music and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.