DJ Scholarship with Lynnée Denise in Jo'burg for Black Portraitures III
Lynnée Denise was invited to share her work on DJ Culture and house music by scholar and futurist Ruha Benjamin of Princeton University. Her main argument was that DJs, alongside musicologists and cultural theorists, literary scholars and historians, are among those best equipped to decode and unlock messages found in the hidden transcripts of black musical products. And that they should therefore be consulted and included in the production of black music scholarship. The panel, Pan African Futures: Exploring Race as Technology, Afrofuturism as Methodology, featured world renown academic scholar Achille Mbembe on the subject of Afropolitanism, and Ingrid Lafleur on AFROTOPIA: Detroit Afrikan Futures as Resistance.