Generation “Fly to Fly”: Sounding Bodies, New Cosmopolitanisms, and Urban Transformation in the Sounds and Styles of Senegalese Women’s Pop


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships


Cultural Studies/Communication Studies


This ethnographic project, focusing on five women popular musical artists of Dakar, Senegal, asks how young, urban West African women practice critical, indigenous, and Sufi aesthetics—particularly those involving voice and spectacle—to cultivate resources amongst the contexts of regional poverty and political strife. Drawing from two year’ collaborative fieldwork conducted in the Wolof language, it contextualizes global aesthetic and postcolonial theories with an extensive study of local musical, social and ethnic traditions as practitioners engage in modes of self-writing to remember, imagine, and remake their self-described “Africanity.”