Rui Cidra

He is an anthropologist and researcher at the Instituto de Etnomusicologia, Centro de Estudos de Música e Dança, of the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humana, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. His research addresses the power relations and forms of political participation framing the production of Lusophone African music, particularly from Cape Verde. In his PhD. dissertation, Music, Power and Diaspora: an Ethnography and History between Santiago, Cape Verde, and Portugal (2011) he focused on the Cape Verdean music and dance genre funaná and the production of the santiaguense Cape Verdean subjectivity across the lines of creoleness, masculinity and national belonging between the colonial and postcolonial moments. In his postdoctoral research, taking place at the music department of the University of California, Berkeley, and at the INET-MD, Lisbon, he has been writing articles proposing a critical genealogy of the relation between music, nation and diaspora among Cape Verdeans based on the political thought of Amílcar Cabral, and on the transformations brought by the neoliberal order. He was adjunct editor of the Encyclopedia of Music in Portugal in the Twentieth Century (2010), a work in which he has also collaborated as writer of entries and articles on musicians and music genres of the diasporas of Lusophone Africa and pop rock produced in Portugal. He has taught postgraduate courses in Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism (2004-2011) and Ethnomusicology at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.