ROTVOSCIAMEProject reference: 301905
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THE ROLE OF TRADITIONAL VOCAL STYLES IN RESHAPING CULTURAL IDENTITIES RELATED TO AFRICAN DIASPORAS IN AMERICA AND EUROPE
Total cost:EUR 264 639,6
EU contribution:EUR 264 639,6
Topic(s):FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IOF - Marie Curie Action: "International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development"
Call for proposal:FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IOFSee other projects for this call
Funding scheme:MC-IOF - International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)
The voice, especially the singing voice, is a vehicle of a complex variety of messages. Not all these messages are related to the languages itself, many of them relay a more articulated heritage. In particular, vocal styles developed within the boundaries of African Diasporas go back to the African origin and African vocal traditions. So that, the singing voice could be considered as the place where the connection still exists and is operating (Zumthor). Nevertheless, the connection – as well as the vocal styles themselves – is evolving by passing through new contexts, new social relationships, new forms of religion, new technologies, etc.
The effort of vocal performers and composers is both to overcome voice's limits and to go back to ancient vocal techniques. Research will focus on how much performances of contemporary African-American vocal styles – from different musical genres – influence (and express) the reshaping of a new cultural identity. The project will deal at the same time with musicians of a more recent African Diaspora in Europe, where new cultural identities are evolving.
Archives will be investigated in order to trace the history of the development of African related vocal styles in the African-American culture. However, a fundamental source will be interviewing professional musicians. During the return phase, professional musicians with African origins who are operating in Italy nowadays will be interviewed. Besides, the contemporary philosophical approach (such as the pioneer study of Adriana Cavarero on social and political function of the voices) will be used, as well as linguistic analyses, in order to enlighten the role of vocal styles in negotiating cultural identities.
In addition to academic outcomes, research will implement a map of the performed vocal styles to be showed in a specific website. Furthermore, a documentary, focusing on African-American and African-European vocal styles, will be released.
EU contribution: EUR 264 639,6
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