SAMMUS aka Dr. Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo—pronouns she/her—is a black feminist rapper, beatmaker, and scholar from Ithaca, NY with family roots in Côte D'Ivoire and the Congo. She is the David S. Josephson Assistant Professor of Music at Brown University as well as the Faculty Director of the Black Music Lab. Since 2010 Sammus has written, produced, and recorded six albums, a beat tape, and several one-off collaborations with notable artists including Moor Mother, Open Mike Eagle, and William Brittelle in addition to her collaborations with video game developers, podcasters, and filmmakers. She is currently completing two studio projects slated for release in 2024.

Lyrically SAMMUS is known for her dense and introspective rhymes about everything from retro video-game inspired Afrofuturist space myths to the power of talk therapy. Her live shows, characterized by her high energy and the inclusion of elements of cosplay, bring together a vibrant array of hip hop heads, punks, activists, and self-identified nerds and geeks, among others. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, Sammus “has a gift for getting a message across.”

Dr. Lumumba-Kasongo received her PhD from Cornell University in Science and Technology Studies. Her doctoral research, which she completed in 2019, focuses on the sociotechnical dynamics that shape the development and use of “community-studios”—recording studios that provide high-quality recording tools, professional sound engineering services, and audio training to communities that often lack financial or social access to these resources. Her scholarly areas of interest include black feminist sound studies and hip hop praxis, particularly as it intersects with AI and gaming technocultures.

Since Fall 2021 she has been a member of the steering committee for Brown’s science, technology, and society program. She is also serving as the Director of Audio at Glow Up Games, the first women-of-color led game studio, and she is a member of theKEEPERS, a hip hop collective that is currently developing the most comprehensive digital archive to map the international contributions of womxn and girls across hip hop’s 50-year history.

“Layered over her beats is a potent flow that allows every word to sink in. Her verses are honest, about the parts of our world that viscerally impact her: institutional whiteness, Black lives, dope friends, and cartoons, to name a few.”


"She’s as likely to rap about phosphates and integers as she is to name-check Serena Williams or Emmett Till. Her delivery is piercing, her perspective refreshing.” 

– Pitchfork

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