Iman Sanga, 2019–2020

Musical Literary Imagination: Musical Figures, Swahili Literature and Postcolonial Social Life in Tanzania

Kent R. Mullikin Fellowship, 2019-20

Professor of Music, University of Dar es Salaam

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Iman Sanga

Imani Sanga is professor of music in the Department of Creative Arts at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He received his PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His research areas include popular music, aesthetics, ethnomusicology, postcolonial theory and social identities. His journal articles have appeared in African Music, Ethnomusicology, Ethnomusicology Forum, Popular Music Studies, Popular Music and Society, African Studies Review, African Identities, Journal of African Cultural Studies, International Review of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music, Critical Arts, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Journal of Literary Studies and Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies. He is currently working on a book concerning the use of musical figures in Tanzanian Swahili literature. He has taught a wide range of courses including Popular Music, African Musicology, Aesthetics and Gender, Composition. He is a recipient of several research fellowships: African Scholars Program (2007), African Humanities Program (2009) and National Humanities Center (2019–2020).

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Selected Publications

  • Sanga, Imani. “Musical Figures and the Figuring of Tanzania’s Social Life in the Poems of Kulikoyela K. Kahigi.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 54, no. 2 (2018): 214–25.
  • Sanga, Imani. “Musical Figures and the Archiving of African Identity in Selected Poems in Tanzania: Reading Mulokozi’s Wimbo Uliosahaulika’ and Kezilahabi’s ‘Ngoma ya Kimya’.” Critical Arts 31, no. 4 (2017): 53–68.
  • Sanga, Imani. “Antinomies of African Aesthetics and the Impulses of Aesthetic Relativism: Reading P‘Bitek, Abiodun and Agawu.” African Identities 15, no. 3 (2017): 310–23.
  • Sanga, Imani. “The Archiving of Siti Binti Saad and Her Engagement with the Music Industry in Shaaban Robert‘s Wasifu wa Siti Binti Saad.” Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies 2, no. 1-2 (2016): 34–44.
  • Sanga, Imani. “Marimba and Musical Figuring of Desire and Postcolonial National Identity in Semzaba’s Novel Marimba ya Majaliwa.” IRASM: International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 46, no. 2 (2015): 401–21.