Here's Who I Am...

I am an ethnomusicologist specializing in music and medicine in sub-Saharan Africa global drag cultures. My book Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda explores the use of music, dance, and drama as a medical intervention in the fight against AIDS by communities in Uganda, East Africa. I recently produced a recording with Smithsonian Folkways released as Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing, and HIV/AIDS in Uganda that was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Traditional World Music” category. My current research projects involve socially conscious popular music related to queer global identities. I recently co-edited a volume of essays with Oxford University Press titled Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology. I am Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the School of Music at Boston University.