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Aleysia Whitmore Awarded Dissertation Grant

Aleysia Whitmore has been awarded a Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund grant to support her research of Africa and the African diaspora. According to their website, the fund was "established in 1991 in honor of Ruth Schlossberg Landes, Ph.D. (1908–1991) for interdisciplinary research and publications on subjects that were of interest to Dr. Landes during her professional and academic career."

Now in her fourth year of the Ethnomusicology Ph.D. program, Aleysia is conducting research on bands recognized in the world music industry for their creative combinations of African and Cuban music. She is working specifically with Orchestra Baobab, a Dakar-based group heavily influenced by Cuban music, and AfroCubism, a collaboration between Cuban and Malian musicians. In research with these groups' musicians, their audiences, and world music industry professionals in Europe, the United States, Senegal, and Mali, Aleysia is taking a close look at the contemporary world music industry and many ways in which world music musicians, audiences, and industry professionals perceive Africa, the African diaspora, and its music.

More information about Ruth Landes' life and research can be found at the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund website.