Articles & Chapters

Popular Music” (co-authored with Alex Perullo, Ryan Thomas Skinner, and Gavin Steingo), in Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, edited by Spear Thomas, Oxford University Press, 2017. [Requires institutional access or purchase]

The Swahili Art of Indian Taarab: A Poetics of Vocality and Ethnicity on the Kenyan Coast.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 37, no. 2 (2017): 336–54.

Taarab,” in Shades of Benga: The Story of Popular Music in Kenya, edited by Ketebul Music, 287–307. Nairobi, Kenya: Ketebul Music, 2017.

Traditional Music,” in Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, ed. Thomas Spear. New York: Oxford University Press. 2015. [Requires institutional access or purchase]

Space,” in Keywords in Sound, edited by David Novak, and Matt Sakakeeny, 193–207. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.

Musical Property Rights Regimes in Tanzania and Kenya After Trips,” (co-authored with Alex Perullo), in Sage Handbook of Intellectual Property, edited by Matthew David, and Deborah Halbert, 148–63. Sage, 2014.

Islam, Sound, and Space: Acoustemology and Muslim Citizenship on the Kenyan Coast,” in Music, Sound, and Space: Transformations of Public and Private Experience, edited by Georgina Born, 186–202. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Hip-Hop and Cultural Citizenship on Kenya’s ‘Swahili Coast’.” Africa 82, no. 4 (2012): 556–78.

Toward an Acoustemology of Muslim Citizenship in Kenya.” Anthropology News Dec. 51, no. 9 (2010): 6.

Research Reports

Digital Technology and the Music Recording Industry in Nairobi, Kenya,” Research Report, 2015.

Blog Posts & Periodical Articles

The Kenyan Song You Need to Know,” Explore Parts Unknown. Sept. 26.

Zein l’Abdin Ahmed is the Coastal Lute Player Who Popularised Taarab” [obituary], Daily Nation (Kenya), November 4, 2016.

A Tribute to Kenyan Taarab Legend Zein l’Abdin” [blog post], Music in Africa. July 26, 2016.

Book & Audiovisual Reviews

African Musics in Context: Institutions, Culture, Identity/Ethnomusicology in East Africa: Perspectives From Uganda and Beyond.” Ethnomusicology Forum (2017): Published Online May 2017.

Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World, edited by Eric Charry.” African Studies Review 57, no. 3 (2014): 238–40.

Rumba Rules: The Politics of Dance Music in Mobutu’s Zaire by Bob W. White.” American Anthropologist 111, no. 4 (2009): 554-555.

Hip-Hop Colony” [film review]. African Music 8, no. 1 (2007): 134–41.

Badenya: Manden Jaliya in New York City” [Recording Review], World of Music 47, no. 1 (2005): 196-201.

Performing the Nation: Swahili Music and Cultural Politics by Kelly Askew.” Current Musicology. 75 (2003): 214-222.

Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio by Louise Meintjes.” Journal of Anthropological Research 59, no. 3 (2003): 389-390.

Conference Papers

M-Commerce and the (Re)Making of the Music Industry in Kenya: Preliminary Notes and Findings,” Association for Social Anthropology, New Delhi. April 5, 2012.