Cultural ambassadors with a cause: migrant musicians from lusophone Africa in Lisbon

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Abstract

Approaching music as a point of social connection in the postcolonial city of Lisbon, I seek to understand how migrant musicians from Portuguese-speaking African countries position themselves. Drawing on an ethnography carried out in the last 5 years, I argue that the contribution of these musicians to Portuguese expressive culture has not duly been recognized.
However, these cultural ambassadors see music as a way of preserving their native cultural values and languages, and use Lisbon as a communicative space. They appeal to (supra)national institutions and governments for structural support and promotion, indicating that their contribution should be considered as an integral part of the cultural heritage of both Africa and Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECAS 2013, 5th European Conference on African Studies “African Dynamics in Multipolar World”
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherCentro de Estudos Internacionais do Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)
Pages2282-2297
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-989-732-364-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
EventECAS Conference 2013: 5th European Conference on African Studies - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 27 Jun 201329 Jun 2013

Conference

ConferenceECAS Conference 2013: 5th European Conference on African Studies
CountryPortugal
CityLisboa
Period27/06/1329/06/13

Keywords

  • Lisbon
  • Postcolonialism
  • Music
  • Migration
  • Discourse
  • Governance

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