Special Theme Confronting Museums

Tabuluja (Wake Up!)

Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji University of São Paulo
Jasper Chalcraft European University Institute
Shambuyi Wetu Independent Artist
DOI: http://doi.org/10.15021/00009648
(Published March 31, 2021)


In his performances, Shambuyi Wetu, an artist from the Democratic Republic of Congo and a refugee in São Paulo, constructs narratives about the diaspora experience and the context of l’homme noir in the world. Part of the Afro-Sampas collection, the film Tabuluja is a collaboration between the artist and anthropologists Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji and Jasper Chalcraft. The research and film explore the experiences of African musicians, dancers, and artists currently residing in São Paulo, and are part of the project ‘Being/Becoming African in Brazil: migrating music and heritages’.
Key Words African art, migration, performance, colonialism, Afrobrazilian


Research funded by São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP grants 2016/05318-7 and 2019/09397-7). Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji is a National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) research productivity fellow.


Hikiji, R. S. G., J.Chalcraft, and S. Wetu
Tabuluja (Wake up!) . Laboratory of Image and Sound in Anthropology, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 11:25.
https://vimeo.com/516493388 (Retrieved February 2, 2021)