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Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

Ph.D. in African Studies, with a primary field in Music

Class of 2012

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she researches and teaches on radical arts interventions in conflict regions of Africa.  She is the founder and faculty advisor of Yole!Africa US, which is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to raising awareness among global youth about the current conflict in the Great Lakes region, and the co-founder of the Jazz Mama Movement, which reframes the dialogue around gender based violence in Eastern Congo.  Her work unites the study of audio-visual media with frameworks from cultural theory and post-/neo-colonial studies; with inquiry into identity, youth culture, and gender studies; and the role of expressive culture in social/political activism.  Her publications include her doctoral dissertation, Beyond Charitable Imperialism: Intersections of Third Cinema, Music, and Social Change in (Post-) Conflict Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as articles in Critical Interventions: Emerging Platforms for Artistic Production in DRC, Angola, and Mozambique (Forthcoming 2013), and Art and Trauma in Africa: Representations of Reconciliation in Music, Visual Arts, Literature and Film.
Ndaliko is also active in film production. She is the director of Muchokozi Congo (forthcoming, 2013), a creative documentary on identity politics in Eastern Congo; the executive producer and researcher for Yangba! (forthcoming, 2013), a historical documentary on the resistance to foreign aid in Tolaw/Isangi DRC commissioned by Media for Democracy and Accountability in DR Congo in cooperation with DFID, French and Swedish Embassies; No Right to Die (forthcoming 2014), a creative documentary investigating the centrality of natural and mineral resources in the Eastern Congo conflict; and 50 ans et au-delà (2010), a historical documentary commissioned by the British Embassy in Kinshasa that profiles projects and collaborations between DFID and the Congolese government since 1960.
Ndaliko holds a B.M. in film scoring from the Berklee College of Music (2005), an A.M. from Harvard University in Ethnomusicology (2008), and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in African Studies (2012).