« Program: The Music of Black Peru: Cultural Identity in the Black Pacific

Scholar: Heidi Feldman

Heidi Feldman teaches courses on music and popular culture at the University of California, San Diego and at San Diego State University. She has also taught at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California and at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her book—Black Rhythms of Peru: Reviving African Musical Heritage in the Black Pacific (Wesleyan University Press 2006)—was awarded the Woody Guthrie Book Prize of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US). A Spanish translation edition was released in Peru in 2009, copublished by the Catholic University of Peru’s Institute of Ethnomusicology and the Institute of Peruvian Studies. The book was the basis for an hour-long documentary on Afro-Peruvian music on Afropop Worldwide and on the international radio program “Voice of America.” Feldman’s other publications include scholarly articles in Ethnomusicology, e-misférica, Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (Vol. IX: Latin American and Caribbean Genres), Diagonal, Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology, and Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology. She has conducted invited presentations on Afro-Peruvian music at Yale University, Brandeis University, UCSD, SDSU, and UC Riverside. As a vocalist, Feldman performed with Grant Park Symphony Chorus and the Choral Ensemble of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 2001.