Dr. Kazadi wa Mukuna, ethnomusicologist, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), is Professor of Ethnomusicology, and Director of the African Ensemble at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USA. Among his books are Characteristic Criteria in the Vocal Music of the Luba-Shankadi Children (1972); African Songs for American Elementary Schools (1980); ContribuiÃ§Ã£o Bantu na MÃºsica Popular Brasileira: Perspectivas EtnomusicolÃ³gicas, 3rd edition (2006); Interdisciplinary Study of the Ox and the Slave (Bumba-meu-Boi): A Satirical Music Drama in Brazil (2003).
Among his most popular articles are â€œToward the Quest for the Truth in Ethnomusicologyâ€ (2007); â€œGlobalization of the Urban Music of the Democratic Republic of the Congoâ€ (2005); â€œSlit Drumâ€ (2003); â€œCongolese Musicâ€ (2001); â€œEthnomusicology and the Study of Africanisms in the Music of Latin America: Brazilâ€ (1999); â€œThe Rise of Bumba-meu-Boi in MaranhÃ£o: Resilience of African Brazilian Cultural Identityâ€ (1999); â€œThe Evolution of Urban Music During the 2nd and 3rd Decades (1975-1985) of the Second Republic â€“ Zaireâ€ (1999); â€œCreative Practice in African Music: New Perspectives in the Scrutiny of Africanisms in Diasporaâ€ (1997); â€œThe Universal Language of all Time?â€ (1997).
Professor Kazadi is actively involved in research projects. Two of his most current projects are â€œA Dictionary of Urban Music and Musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congoâ€ and â€œThe Evolution of the Urban Music of the Democratic Republic of the Congoâ€.