Talk: Fumi Okiji

“The whole face of the globe is community.” — John Coltrane

In this talk, Okiji explores Black musical sociality as 'gathering-work.' Reflecting on Don Cherry’s use of the West African harp, she discusses musical arrangement as a disruption of authorial sovereignty, and by way of Yoruba’s aesthetics, Okiji gestures toward alternative ways with time and earth that characterise black/African music.