Mzansi's Other Voices

Musicology/African Music/Music Composition

“Mzansi's Other Voices” is a book project that seeks to challenge entrenched notions on the value of indigenous African culture in the discourse on South African classical music and its historic lack of representation of black composers. The project offers a rarely explored Afrocentric view on South African composition during colonialism and apartheid to the dawn of democracy with a reflection on the impact of the current decolonization debate stemming from the #RhodesMustFall movement.

Alongside the book, there will be a creative component: a new orchestral work exploring the indigenous African techniques and practices explored in the research, offering a creative context to some of the commentary by scholars such as J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Akin Euba, Martin Scherzinger, and Kofi Agawu.

This project will suit a research partner with a background in musicology and/or music composition who has an interest in or seeks to develop their knowledge of the musical culture of post-colonial Africa. In addition to keen research skills (journals, music scores, and recordings) the research partner must be able to prepare/edit scores and parts with Sibelius software.