Sando Marteu: il cantore di Lubumbashi

  • Flavia Aiello University of Naples "L'Orientale"
  • Roberto Gaudioso University of Naples "L'Orientale"
Keywords: Lubumbashi, Swahili, Congo, poetry


This article stems from a field research carried out in Lubumbashi in September and October 2018, as part of a national project on contemporary RDC, with a focus on the swahilophone creative expressions. It aims at outlining the poetics of the sing-songwriter Sando Marteau as it springs from his texts in Swahili, within the linguistic and cultural context of Lubumbashi.


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Author Biographies

Flavia Aiello, University of Naples "L'Orientale"

Flavia Aiello presently works as research fellow at the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” where she also teaches Swahili Language and Literature. She is the author of numerous publications on Swahili oral and written genres and, for an Italian audience, has produced Separazione (Iride Edizioni, Soveria Mannelli, 2005), a translation of the Swahili novel Utengano by S. A. Mohamed. Research interests: contemporary Swahili literature (including children’s literature), Swahilophone verbal arts and literary translation. She can be reached at:

Roberto Gaudioso, University of Naples "L'Orientale"

Roberto Gaudioso is currently doing post-doc research on Swahili Literature of DR Congo at the Univesity of Napoli “L’Orientale.” His PhD thesis is on the poetics and philosophy of Euphrase Kezilahabi (University of Napoli “L'Orientale” and University of Bayreuth). He has written on: Euphrase Kezilahabi, Ebrahim Hussein, Ingeborg Bachmann and Giacomo Leopardi, whom he has translated into Swahili. Research interests: Literatures in African languages, Comparative Literature, Theories and practices of Translation, Aesthetics of Literature, Hermeneutics, Philosophy.

He can be reached at:


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