Damascus Kafumbe

Associate Professor of Music

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 on leave academic year

Damascus Kafumbe is a performing ethnomusicologist, teacher, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, composer, and instrument technician from Uganda. He holds a B.A. in Music from Makerere University as well as an M.M. and Ph.D. in Musicology from Florida State University. Since joining the Middlebury music faculty in 2011, Professor Kafumbe has developed and taught several courses in ethnomusicology and world music, directed the Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble, and maintained the College’s Ugandan musical instrument collection.

Professor Kafumbe specializes in the musics of East Africa. His research interests span diverse fields, including African studies, ethnomusicology, performance, history, politics, ritual, and social organization. He has published articles, reviews, and interviews in African MusicEthnomusicologyWorld of Music, and Yearbook for Traditional Music. His music has been commissioned or published by Deer Pants Productions, Odd Freak Films, Endongo Records, and Sony BMG. His recent publications include Tuning the Kingdom: Kawuugulu Musical Performance, Politics, and Storytelling in Buganda (University of Rochester Press, 2018: https://boydellandbrewer.com/series/eastman-rochester-studies-ethnomusicology/tuning-the-kingdom-hb.html)

Professor Kafumbe is a recipient of multiple research grants from the Pabst Charitable Foundation of the Arts and a recent Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow. An active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), the African Studies Association (ASA), and the African Theatre Association (AfTA), he currently serves on the SEM Council and as president of the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (NECSEM). 



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