Louise Meintjes

Louise Meintjes

Professor of Music

External Address: 
072 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665
(919) 660-3339


  • Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin 1997
  • M.Mus., University of Texas, Austin 1988
  • B.Mus., University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) 1982

Meintjes, L. Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid (Accepted). Duke University Press Books, 2017.

Meintjes, L. Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio. Duke University Press, 2003.

Meintjes, L., et al. “Ethnomusicology.” Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology, edited by John Jackson, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Meintjes, L. “The Recording Studio as Fetish.” The Sound Studies Reader, edited by J. Sterne, Routledge, 2012.

Meintjes, L. “The Politics of the Recording Studio: A Case Study from South Africa.” The Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music, edited by Nicholas Cook et al., Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Meintjes, L. “"Reaching Overseas: South African Sound Engineers, Technology and Tradition".” Wired for Sound: Engineering and Technologies in Sonic Cultures, edited by P. Greene and T. Porcello, Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2004, pp. 23–48.

Meintjes, L. “Entries on DownTown Studios and EMI(South Africa).” Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Volume One: Media, Culture and the Industry, edited by L. Shepherd and L. Laing, Cassell: London, 2002.

Meintjes, L. “"Hugh Masekela", and "Abdullah Ibrahim".” The New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2001.

Meintjes, L. “"John Lindemann" and "West Nkosi".” The Rough Guide to World Music, edited by Ellingham et al Broughton, The Rough Guides: London, 1994.

Samuels, D. W., et al. “Soundscapes: Toward a sounded anthropology.” Annual Review of Anthropology, vol. 39, Oct. 2010, pp. 329–45. Scopus, doi:10.1146/annurev-anthro-022510-132230. Full Text Open Access Copy

Porcello, T., et al. “The reorganization of the sensory world.” Annual Review of Anthropology, vol. 39, Oct. 2010, pp. 51–66. Scopus, doi:10.1146/annurev.anthro.012809.105042. Full Text Open Access Copy

Meintjes, L. “The World of South African Music: A Reader edited by C. Lucia (Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2005).” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 34, 2008, pp. 234–36.

Meintjes, L. “Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions by Kofi Agawu (Routledge, 2003).” Journal of the American Musicological Society, vol. 59, 2007, pp. 769–77.

Meintjes, L. “Dispare al Sargento, Derrumbe la Montaña: La Producción de la Masculinidad por medio del canto y baile Zulú "Ngoma" en la Suráfrica Post-Apartheid.” Trans: Revista Transcultural De MúSica/Transcultural Music Review, translated by Sebastián Cruz and Ana María Ochoa Gautier, vol. 10, 2006.

MEINTJES, L. O. U. I. S. E. “In the Time of Cannibals: The Word Music of South Africa's Basotho Migrants . DAVID B. COPLAN.” American Ethnologist, vol. 23, no. 3, Wiley, Aug. 1996, pp. 648–648. Crossref, doi:10.1525/ae.1996.23.3.02a00200. Full Text

Meintjes, L. “Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville by C. Ballantine (Ravan Press, 1993).” Popular Music, vol. 15, 1996, pp. 245–47.


Oswenka: Zulu swankers’ dress competition. Curator. (2004)


A collaborative sound-sight exhibition featuring the photography of TJ Lemon with a sound installation by John Bower using the field recordings of Louise Meintjes. Collaboration co-ordinated by Louise Meintjes. John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University.

Afropop Worldwide: The Zulu Factor. Consultant. Zulu Factor (2008)


Broadcast internationally and available on the web.

Selected Grants

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Sounding the City: Noise Regulation and Everyday Rhythms in Gulu, Uganda awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018