Mumbua Kioko

5th Year, Music

Having completed my MMus in Ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, I decided to return to the United States to pursue a PhD in Musicology. I am currently in my 5th year and my research focuses on African rhythm where through transcription and analysis I explore complex, interlocking patterns found in Sengenya music and dance from the Mijikenda people of Kenya.  African music is filled with joy and a sense of community where music has the power to lead, heal and serve its members. Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, it is a real honor and privilege to be able to share our traditional Kenyan music with a wider international audience. In addition, the increasing presence of Africa on campus makes it a special time to be at Princeton.

"As a Diversity Fellow, one of my goals is to promote further cultural understanding between Africans and African Americans. The notion of a cultural divide is a fallacy and historical evidence suggests to the contrary, especially through music."

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