Selected Publications


2016. Oliver Mtukudzi: Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe, Indiana University Press, African Expressive Cultures series


Sekuru’s Stories. 2019.
Open-access digital monograph supported by an ACLS Fellowship. Reviews of this project appear in: Reviews in Digital Humanities 1(1), Journal of the American Musicological Society 73(2), African Music 11(2), Yearbook for Traditional Music 52, and Ethnomusicology Forum 29(3).

Mhare DzeNhare, In progress.
Open-access digital humanities project, in conjunction with a musical album under contract with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.


2022. “Outside the house, there are no laws: Musical practice and ritual dynamics at Shona kurova guva ceremonies,” Ethnomusicology Forum 30(3): 422-442.

2021. “Music under the Ground: A Century of Scholarship on the Ground-Bow in Africa,” Ethnomusicology 65(2): 324-349.

2018. “Reassessing the Zimbabwean Chipendani,” African Music 10(2): 140-166.

2014. “Learning in secret: gender, age, and the clandestine transmission of Zimbabwean mbira dzavadzimu music,” Ethnomusicology Forum 23(1): 110-134.

2013. “Listening in the wilderness: The audience reception of Oliver Mtukudzi’s music in the Zimbabwean diaspora,” Ethnomusicology 57(2): 261-285.

2012. “Images of Health: Oliver Mtukudzi’s Musical Approach to HIV/AIDS,” American Journal of Public Health, 102(7): 1928-1929.

2009. “Carrying Spirit in Song: Music and the Making of Ancestors at Zezuru Kurova Guva Ceremonies,” African Music 8(3): 65-84.


Forthcoming. “What’s a Hero?: Music, Memory, Martyrdom in Postcolonial Zimbabwe,” Submitted and accepted for publication, Oxford Handbook on Protest Music. London: Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming. “Approaching Mbira Transcription and Analysis through ‘Nhemamusasa,’” Submitted for publication in edited volume in honor of Kofi Agawu (University Press of Mississippi)

2021. “The Social Dynamics of Three Zimbabwean Musical Bows: The Chipendani, Mukube, and Dzikamunhenga,” Musical Bows of Southern Africa, ed. Sazi Dlamini. Bloomsbury Academic. 157-182.  

2019. “Zimbabwean Hosho in Mbira Ensembles, Possession Ceremonies, and on a Global Stagein Mbira Music | Musics. Structures and Processes, edited by Klaus-Peter Brenner. Göttingen Studies in Musicology / Göttinger Studien zur Musikwissenschaft, ed. Andreas Waczkat and Birgit Abels, vol. 9. Hildesheim: Olms. (Proceedings of the International Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Göttingen, Germany, 4-8 September 2012).

2011. “‘What Shall We Do?’” Agency and Disclosure in Oliver Mtukudzi’s Songs about AIDS,” The Culture of AIDS: Hope and Healing Through the Arts in Africa, ed. Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen. Oxford University Press. pp. 241-255.


2022. “The Art of Mbira and Mbira’s Restless Dance: An Archive of Improvisation.” Book Review, Ethnomusicology. 66(3): 522-528.

2021. “Signs of the Spirit: Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life.” Book review, Ethnomusicology Forum 30(3): 468-470.

2021. “The Ground Bow in Zimbabwe and Beyond,” Of Note: A Blog of the American Musical Instrument Society.

2018. “Chicago Dzviti photograph collection” (Archival finding aid). Rare Books, Preservation, and Special Collections, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester.

2017. “Mabimbi ehurukuro navaridzi vechipendani vanonzi Sekuru Tute Wincil Chigamba naSekuru Compound Muradzikwa / Excerpts from interviews with chipendani players Sekuru Tute Wincil Chigamba and Sekuru Compound Muradzikwa,” Proceedings of the 1st Bow Music Conference, Durban, South Africa, 24-27 February, 2016.

2014. “Opening the Door to Difference: Questions of Gender, Identity, and Ethics in Ethnomusicology.” Ellen Koskoff, interviewed by Jennifer W. Kyker. El oído pensante 2 (2): 1-21.

2014. “From scholarship to activism: Musical ethnography, women’s education, and HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe,” Sound Matters.