Conversation and performance: DJ Lynnée Denise

An evening of conversation and music with DJ Lynnée Denise. The event will begin with "Let the Beat Hit’em: Case Studies in DJ Scholarship," a conversation between Denise and Atlanta-based music scholar Harold Pride at 6 p.m., with a short break at 7:30 p.m. A community reception and mixer will begin at 8 p.m., followed by a DJ set by Denise beginning at 9 p.m.

The event is part of DJ Summits in the Global South, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant-funded research project in the Global Georgia Initiative of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Lynnée Denise was shaped as a DJ by her parents' record collection. She’s an artist, scholar, and writer whose work reflects on underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. Denise coined the phrase "DJ Scholarship" to re-position the role of the DJ from a party purveyor to an archivist, cultural custodian and information specialist of music with critical value. Through interactive workshops, lectures and presentations at universities, conferences and performance venues, she harnesses music as a medium for vital public dialogue on how to transform the way that music of the Black Atlantic is understood in its social context and beyond entertainment.

Lynnée Denise’s work on DJ Scholarship has been featured at prestigious institutions such as the Broad Museum, the Tate Modern, Savvy Contemporary Gallery Berlin, Goldsmiths University of London, Iziko South African Museum, Stanford, Yale, NYU, and Princeton University. Her writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Black Scholar JournalThe Journal of Popular Music Studies, and as part of anthologies including Women Who Rock, and Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity.

Through global residencies supporting her research and production work, she has focused on Black expatriates in Europe, such as James Baldwin, and on South African music in the post apartheid context. She produced the first and only Michael Jackson conference (After the Last Dance) with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The School of Prince with the Los Angeles Public Library, and Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace: From Detroit to Watts, the first conference dedicated solely to the musical life of The Queen of Soul with the UCLA African-American Studies Department.

Harold Pride is a community-based lecturer, Black music scholar, and arts enthusiast. In 2013, he presented “Sonic Visuals" at Spelman College and participated in a panel surrounding Prince’s social activism, “Black Albums Matter,” at California State University in Los Angeles. A lifelong Prince fan, Pride has also presented at the Purple Reign Conference at the University of Salford Manchester, the 30th Anniversary of Lovesexy Symposium at New York University, and Batman 30, again at Spelman College. 

Thursday, October 17 at 6:00pm to 12:00am

Ciné, CinéLab
234 W. Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601