Louise Meintjes

Louise Meintjes

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology

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


Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 1997

  • M.Mus., University of Texas at Austin 1988

  • B.Mus., University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) 1982

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

Meintjes, L. Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid (Accepted). Durham: Duke University Press Books, August 11, 2017. (Monograph)

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

Meintjes, L, Meintjes, L, Ochoa, AM, Porcello, T, and Samuels, DW. "Ethnomusicology." Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. Ed. J Jackson. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Meintjes, L. "The Recording Studio as Fetish." The Sound Studies Reader. Ed. J Sterne. Routledge, 2012.

Meintjes, L. "The Politics of the Recording Studio: A Case Study from South Africa." The Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music. Ed. N Cook, E Clarke, D Leech-Wilkinson, and J Rink. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Meintjes, L. ""Reaching Overseas: South African Sound Engineers, Technology and Tradition"." Wired for Sound: Engineering and Technologies in Sonic Cultures. Ed. P Greene and T Porcello. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2004. 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. Ed. Shepherd and 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. Ed. EEA Broughton. The Rough Guides: London, 1994.

Samuels, DW, Meintjes, L, Ochoa, AM, and Porcello, T. "Soundscapes: Toward a Sounded Anthropology." Annual Review of Anthropology 39.1 (October 21, 2010): 329-345. Full Text Open Access Copy

Porcello, T, Meintjes, L, Ochoa, AM, and Samuels, DW. "The Reorganization of the Sensory World." Annual Review of Anthropology 39.1 (October 21, 2010): 51-66. 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 34 (2008): 234-236. (Academic Article)

Meintjes, L. "Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions by Kofi Agawu (Routledge, 2003)." Journal of the American Musicological Society 59 (2007): 769-777. (Academic Article)

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. S Cruz and AM Ochoa Gautier. Trans: Revista Transcultural de Música/Transcultural Music Review 10 (2006).

Meintjes, L. "Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville by C. Ballantine (Ravan Press, 1993)." Popular Music 15 (1996): 245-247. (Academic Article)


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.