• Batuque
 06.12.2021 | 15:30 | Lisbon | CAN | Auditorium 203
Master Moisés Rafael's defense of the doctoral thesis in Music Sciences, a specialty in Ethnomusicology, will take place in person at CAN and by videoconference, through the Zoom platform. The jury includes:
  • Prof. Doctor Luís Baptista, President of the Scientific Council of the FCSH of the UNL, by delegation of competences of the Rector of the UNL, Prof. Doctor João Sàágua



  • Doctor Bonifácio Tchimboto, Retired Coordinating Professor at the Piaget Institute, Benguela, Angola
  • Doctor Marissa J. Moorman, Department of African Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Doctor Moisés de Lemos Martins, Full Professor, Universidade do Minho
  • Doctor Jorge de Freitas Branco, Full Professor, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
  • Doctor João Soeiro de Carvalho, Full Professor, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Doctor Pedro Moreira, Visiting Professor equated to Auxiliary, Universidade do Minho
  • Doctor Maria de São José Côrte-Real, Assistant Professor, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Ohutu y'olupandu* em Kawanga: Dance, Catholicism and Local Culture in Confrontation at Mass in Benguela
The expressive practice of dancing in the Eucharistic celebration in Kawanga links body and spirit and creates tension among participants in the liturgical context of the Latin Rite Catholic Mass. In this thesis, I discuss this intention from an ethnomusicological perspective of the ethnography of musical performance. The performative space, under participant observation between 2017 and 2018, is located in the Catholic community of Kawanga, in the Diocese of Benguela, in which I was born and, in which, after local priestly training, musical, in composition, in Rome, and ethnomusicological in Lisbon, I am incardinated. I problematize and characterize the expressive practice of dance, developing analytical strategies of idiosyncratic meanings of verbal and non-verbal behavioral expressions, practiced in it to communicate at different levels: (1) sound and kinetic, including sound manifestations and body movement in dance (including gestures and movements, signs and postures); (2) ornamental, focusing on holiday and festive clothing, objects, artefacts such as musical instruments and others; (3) pericorporal and proxemic, dealing with paralanguage, eye contact, in tacesis; and (4) environmental, at the confluence of the various elements listed, considering the synesthetic relationship of color/light, sound, smell and tacesis in different climatological and social conditions. The study, markedly autoethnographic, involves collaborative practice with different agents in the field, comprising participant observation, interviews, local and international phone calls, informal conversations, chats on WhatsApp and other social networks, recordings and audiovisual recordings in Eucharistic celebrations and other performative moments in the area in study. I question the hegemony of verbal expression over others in the analysis of ohutu y'olupandu, the sacrificial rite of thanksgiving and specific applause of the mass in Kawanga. The analysis of expressive behavior in the performative act seeks synaesthetic meaning in this ethnomusicological study.

*"I applaud with my hands" or "I clap my hands" [= Eucharistic celebration]
Keywords: dance at mass, body expression in liturgy, inculturation in Kawanga, Benguela, Phenomenology of the Body, Ethnomusicology.

Moisés Rafael, priest of the diocese of Benguela, he has been a student of the Doctoral Course in Musical Sciences: Ethnomusicology at NOVA FCSH since 2015. He specializes in religious music. He did his Masters in Composition of Sacred Music at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome with the composition Il Precursore, Oratorio su San Giovanni Battista per soli, choir and orchestra. She is now defending her doctoral thesis entitled Ohutu y'Olupandu in Kawanga: dance, Catholicism and local culture in confrontation at mass in Benguela, supervised by Maria de São José Côrte-Real and Luís Bernardo. He founded the Casa da Música de Benguela, a community music center to meet the needs of musical learning and research. He is co-founder of QUINTAL, an Association for Social Promotion that promotes dialogue and participatory pollination between the arts and scientific research, focusing on the fields of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology. He has been carrying out pastoral work in Genoa since 2020, to accommodate logistical needs.