Since her first mix House Music in Post Apartheid South Africa (2012) DJ Lynnée Denise has developed a new vocabulary, a new understanding of the development of house music. She's been deepening her relationship with its influences, everything from traditional African drumming, to Philly soul, to the tambourines and choral clap rhythms of gospel. Lynnée Denise will discuss a more nuanced understanding of the transatlantic cultural relationship between black South Africans and Black Americans.
DJ Lynnée Denise is a cultural producer and independent scholar who uses DJ culture to create forums exploring music of the African Diaspora. Her work is informed and inspired by the underground social movements, theories of escape, queer studies and afrofuturism. Lynnee is the founder of WildSeed Cultural Group, an organization whose mission is to provide “entertainment with a thesis.” Through an interdisciplinary approach, including podcasts and lectures, she examines the migration of Black cultural products, people and ideas. In 2012 she coined the term “DJ Scholarship” to explain how “diggin’ in the crates” and “sample chasin’” are credible forms of academic research. In 2013, Lynnee partnered with Spelman College as the first DJ to present a seminar series titled: Music, Migration and Movement. The series highlighted the history of women in the music industry, culminating in a comparative study on the musical lives of Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill.
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