Geoffrey Clarfield is an anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, journalist, film producer, and classically trained musician. He spent twenty years in Africa, the Middle East and Asia as a researcher and project manager having worked for, among others, archaeologist Richard Leakey and primatologist Jane Goodall. Recently he spent three years in Manhattan as an ethnomusicologist, working at the Alan Lomax Archive where he is still a consultant.
In addition to scores of proposals and reports he has written more than one hundred articles on anthropology and music for New English Review, National Post, The Globe and Mail, New York Post, The Brooklyn Rail and Minerva magazine in England.
He recently produced the documentary film, Ghosts of Our Forest, on the expulsion of the Pygmies of Uganda from their ancestral forest home. The film was featured at Hotdocs and is now touring North America. Clarfield speaks French, Swahili, Hebrew, some Arabic and the Rendille tribal language. Clarfield is a classic liberal. He believes that Western civilization alone has and may continue to protect the rights of individual under the rule of law, including freedom of speech. That is why he writes for the New English Review.