Pablo Infante-Amate

Research Interests

Ethnomusicology, African music, Equatorial Guinea, popular music, music and economics, music and politics, digital music, social theory, the anthropology of oil

Area of proposed thesis

My thesis, co-supervised by Georgina Born and David Pratten, explores the entanglement between popular music economies and long-lasting social and political formations of kinship and ethnicity in Equatorial Guinea, as well as recent transformations triggered by a combination of two key events: the discovery of large oil reserves in the mid-1990s and the introduction of digital technologies starting from the early 21st century. My research thus brings together the anthropology of oil and the study of digital media in Africa to analyse changing musical practices, aesthetics, and ontologies. My broader goal is to understand how music is a mediator of musicians’ perceptions, expectations, fears, and hopes relating to oil and the digital and neoliberal world order; and how such an approach can help to theorise capitalism, precarity, and uncertainty in Africa and beyond.


Clarendon Fund

St. John’s College

British Forum for Ethnomusicoly (BFE) Fieldwork Grant Award

Subjects Taught