djedje1 Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje

Emeritus Professor
Former Professor and Chair, Ethnomusicology and Director, Ethnomusicology Archive
Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, UCLA; M.A. Ethnomusicology, UCLA; B.A. Music, Fisk University

Interview (2009)

African and African American music; West African fiddle music; gospel music; music historiography; urbanism; cross-cultural issues; identity; change and transformation; the musician

Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje is Emeritus Professor and former Chair of the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology as well as former Director of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive. Before joining UCLA’s faculty in 1979, she taught at Tuskegee University from 1975-79. Her B.A. was obtained from Fisk University where she was a music major specializing in piano. She received the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA with a focus on ethnomusicology and specializations in African-American and African music.

Professor DjeDje is author and editor of several books: Black Music Research Journal special issue, “Music of Black Los Angeles” (Spring 2011); Fiddling in West Africa: Touching the Spirit in Fulbe, Hausa, and Dagbamba Cultures (2008); Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music (1999); California Soul: Music of African Americans in the West (co-edited with Eddie S. Meadows, 1998); African Musicology: Current Trends, Vol. 1 (co-edited with William Carter, 1989); African Musicology: Current Trends, Vol. 2 (1992); Distribution of the One String Fiddle in West Africa (1980); Black Religious Music from Southeast Georgia (1979); and American Black Spiritual and Gospel Songs from Southeast Georgia: A Comparative Study (1978). She has also written numerous articles on African and African-American music, with many focusing on gospel music in California, that have appeared in various scholarly journals. At present, she is conducting research on fiddling in African American cultures. To collect information for her publications, she has conducted fieldwork and traveled to several countries in West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Senegal), Southern Africa (South Africa and Zambia), and Northeast Africa (Ethiopia and Egypt); the Caribbean (Jamaica); and the western and southern United States, including California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Professor DjeDje has presented lectures and scholarly papers on various aspects of African and African-American music at conferences, workshops, and seminars throughout North America (the United States and Canada), Africa (Ghana, South Africa, and Zambia), Europe (the United Kingdom), and Asia (China). She has also served as President and Vice President of the Southern California Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology as well as Second Vice-President of the Society for Ethnomusicology. In addition, she has been a board member on a number of professional music organizations and has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). For her publication Fiddling in West Africa, she was awarded, in 2009, the Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for the best book, and in 2010, she received the Kwabena Nketia Book Prize (the inaugural award) from the Society for Ethnomusicology African Music Section for the most distinguished book published on African music.