Mhoze Chikowero

Mhoze Chikowero is Associate Professor of African History at the University of California in Santa Barbara and ACLS Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand. He attained his undergraduate education at the University of Zimbabwe and his graduate degrees at Dalhousie University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Rutgers University (2008).

Chikowero is also the Research Consultant at the Mbira Centre, and a Founding Fellow of the Mbira Institute, both based in Harare. He researches African music and politics; and technologies of state making (including broadcasting and energy). He has worked with Zimbabwean and African artists for years. He is the author of African Music, Power and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe (Indiana University Press, 2015). His articles on music and politics, nationalism, electrification, and broadcasting have appeared in the Journal of Southern African Studies, Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa and in edited volumes. He is currently writing two books, The Politics of State (Un)making: Music, Media and Power in Post-colonial Zimbabwe, and Tools of Empire, Technologies of Self-liberation: Radio Broadcasting in Colonial Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Recent publications
African Music, Power and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe (Indiana University Press, November 2015). (Key publication).

“Is Propaganda Modernity? Press and Radio Broadcasting to Africans in Colonial Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, 1939-1950s,” Modernization as Spectacle in Africa, Stephan Miescher, Peter Bloom and Takywa Manuh (eds.), Indiana UP, 2014.

“Performing and Contesting Modernity: Zimbabwean Urban Musicians and Cultural Self-Constructions, 1930s-1950s,” African Music, Performance and Identities, Tyler Fleming and Toyin Falola (eds.), Rochester University Press, 2012, pp.213-248.

“Thompson Samkange: A Patriarch of Zimbabwean Nationalism,” Dictionary of African Biography, Oxford University Press, 2012.

“The Third Chimurenga: Land and Song in Zimbabwe’s Ultra-Nationalist State Ideology, 2000-2007,” Redemptive or Grotesque Nationalism? Rethinking Contemporary Politics in Zimbabwe, Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni & J. Muzondidya, (Eds.) Peter Lang (AG) International, 2011, pp.291-313.

Fellow member
University of California
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