The voice, especially the singing voice, is a vehicle of a complex variety of messages. Not all these messages are related to the languages itself, many of them relay a more articulated heritage. But what is this heritage? How does the legacy work when a vocalist sing? How does s/he connect her/his voice to this memory? How the vocal tradition can be used as an expression of new cultural identities?
In addition to academic outcomes, research will implement a map of the performed vocal styles to be showed in a specific website. Furthermore, a documentary, focusing on African-American and African-European vocal styles, will be released.
- Tracing the presence – both hystorical and geographical – of African related vocal styles.
- Understanding how African related vocal styles are taking part in reshaping new cultural identities in the frame of African diaspora (in America and in Europe).
- Analysing the singing voice as a complex vehicle of expression, not only a musical instrument nor just a means to transmit the words.
The first objective will produce a book and scientific articles on the topic, where the different vocal styles, and the variety of individual and collective approaches will be shown. The second objective will carry to the production of a website and a documentary, where all the interviews will be collected, in order to show the role of African related vocal styles in reshaping cultural identities. The third objectives is related to the possibility that such a project will generate a multidisciplinary dialogue on the voice. A dialogue that could bring considerable improvement to many disciplines connected to the topic, such as speech therapy, phonology, linguistics, music teaching, etc.