Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

CHÉRIE RIVERS NDALIKO, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an interdisciplinary scholar and activist who studies human creativity in African conflicts through ethnomusicology, film/media studies, and cultural theory. Her research engages ethnographic and community based participatory methods to explore the meanings local communities ascribe to art making in post-colonial war zones. Through critical analysis of music, films, music videos, and textual representations of war and violence in Africa, she advocates a paradigm shift in the global application of humanitarian and charitable aid. Her monograph, Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo (Oxford University Press, 2016), introduces into heated international debates on aid and sustainable development a case for the necessity of arts and culture in negotiating sustained peace. She holds a B.M. in film scoring from the Berklee College of Music, an A.M. from Harvard University in Ethnomusicology, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in African Studies, where was a pioneer of the University’s Social Engagement Initiative.