PhD student combines passion for music with technology and sociology

By: Yvette Lisa Ndlovu,  A&S Communications
Mon, 02/04/2019

Doctoral student Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo ‘08, MA ‘15, started producing music in high school using the stage name DJ Eno. Growing up in Ithaca to an Ivorian and Congolese mother and father who teach at Cornell and Wells College respectively, she stayed in Ithaca to do her undergraduate studies at Cornell. Shedding her former stage name, Lumumba-Kasongo chose the name Sammus, the name of the main character of the Metroid video games.

“I chose the name Sammus because the character Samus (one M) from the Metroid video game franchise represents so much of what is important to me as an artist and as a person,”  Lumumba-Kasongo said. “In the game, the identity of the protagonist (Samus) is hidden; it is unclear who Samus is until the end of the game. At the end of the game, Samus is revealed to be a woman. As a child playing this game in the early 90s when there were few playable female characters, I was really excited about this revelation.”

Lumumba-Kasongo is featured in a recent episode of "Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians."


  Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo ‘08, MA ‘15