Tenth Anniversary of the African Cultural Calabash 

and the First International Council for Traditional Music African Musics Study Group Symposium 

Hosted by the African Music Project, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa

September 30 – October 3 2015

For the past nine years, the African Music and Dance Program at the University of KwaZulu-Natal has hosted a local folklore event billed as the African Cultural Calabash.  The event includes staging of folklife performances, workshops, and African Cuisine. 

In 2009 the University of KwaZulu-Natal proudly hosted the 40th World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music.  It was indeed a memorable occasion with a number of events and presentations that showcased the best that KwaZulu-Natal Province has to offer, including an all-night isicathamiya competition, commissioned dance and music works, a plenary session of luminaries in the local traditional music and dance scene, and the memorable keynote address delivered by Professor Andrew Tracey.  It was at the Durban World Conference that delegates met and deliberated on the formation of a special study group whose focus would be African Musics.  The AMSG was formalised by the ICTM Executive Board in 2011.

Program Committee: Patricia Achieng Opondo (Chair), Marie Agatha Ozah, Rose Omolo Ongati, Ana Flavia Miguel, Jorge Castro Ribeiro, Eduardo Luchuge


Local Arrangements Committee: Patricia Achieng Opondo (Chair), Lebogang Sejamoholo, Nhlakanipho Ngcobo, Jose Alberto Chemane, Lindani Phumlomo, Thabile Buthelezi, Thulile Zama

For more information visit: http://culturalcalabash.ukzn.ac.za  



Kathryn Olsen
Music and Social Change in South Africa: Maskanda Past and Present

published by Temple University Press at the end of 2014, looks at contemporary maskanda against the backdrop of South Africa’s history. Working closely with translated song lyrics and musical notation—and applying musical and socio-political analysis to this music and its cultural context—Olsen argues that maskanda offers insight into how the post-apartheid ideal of social transformation is experienced by those who were marginalized for most of the twentieth century.

Drawing on a decade of research, Olsen strives to demystify the Zulu part of contemporary experience in South Africa and to reveal some of the complexities of the social, economic, and political landscape of contemporary South Africa. This book is enhanced by audio-visual material on Temple University Press’s Ethnomusicology Multimedia website.

Dr. Olsen is a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, Popular Music, and Related Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Arts.





Christopher Ballantine

Marabi Nights: Jazz, 'race' and Society in Early Apartheid South Africa 

The second edition of Christopher Ballantine's classic Marabi nights - Jazz, 'race' and society presents a fascinating view of the marabi jazz tradition in South African popular music to a new generation of music fans and scholars of cultural studies, politics and music. Based on conversations with legendary figures in the world of music as well as a perceptive reading of music, its socio-political history and social meanings, Ballantine's project is one of sensitive and impassioned curatorship. An accompanying CD of recordings from the 1930s and 1940s yields almost forgotten treasures. A selection of archival images gives the narrative further resonance. The second edition contains a new chapter on the Manhattan Brothers and singing groups' adaptation of the American close harmony tradition. Through the prism of popular music, the new edition also goes further in its discussion of gender in the context of forced migrant labour in the 1950s.

Christopher Ballantine is Emeritus LG Joel Professor of Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Fellow of the University, and an internationally acclaimed researcher and writer on music. His books and articles tend to be cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, and cover a wide range of issues in the fields of musicology, popular music studies, the sociology of music, and ethnomusicology.



updated 8 June 2015 by Jurgen Brauninger 

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