Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, a.k.a. SAMMUS
SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an Ithaca-raised, Philadelphia-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-identified nerds and geeks, among others. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, Sammus “has a gift for getting a message across.” In addition to managing a full-time music career, Enongo has spent the past decade as a public-school and college level educator. Her academic research interests are centered on the politics of community studios and she has also taught courses at NYU and Cornell University on science and feminism, the politics of sound, meanings of freedom throughout US history, and bioethics. After traveling to Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2015 for research and to facilitate beatmaking workshops, she returned to the states and helped to organize a Black Lives Matter chapter in Ithaca, NY.