Congratulations to UVA Music’s Professor Nomi Dave who won the Ruth Stone prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for best first monograph for her book “The Revolution’s Echoes: Music, Politics, and Pleasure in Guinea”. Available atAmazon and The University of Chicago Press
This is a beautifully written book that is uncannily relevant at this moment when populist authoritarianism is on ballot here in the US. Nomi writes about the aesthetics of authoritarianism and about the ways that pleasure especially through sound shape individual and collective experiences. She shows in the book and all of her work that while revolution and authoritarianism act collectively that the embodied experience is deeply personal.