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Patricia Tang

Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About Me

Patricia Tang, Associate Professor of Music, Ph.D., Harvard University, 2001, is an ethnomusicologist specializing in West African music. She is the author of Masters of the Sabar: Wolof Griot Percussionists of Senegal (Temple University Press, 2007), and the founder and co-director of Rambax, MIT's Senegalese drum ensemble. She received an AAUW American Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2006-2007 for her second book project, Africa Fête and the Globalization of Afropop. Tang's current research focuses on West African musicians in the diaspora. In 2016, Tang was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow. As a violinist, she has performed and recorded with African artists Nder et le Setsima Group, Positive Black Soul, Balla Tounkara, Balla Kouyate and Lamine Touré & Group Saloum.

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