Musical Bows of Southern Africa

Musical Bows of Southern Africa brings together current scholarly research that documents a rich regional diversity as well as cultural relationships in bow music knowledge and contemporary practices. The book is framed as a critical appraisal of traditional ethnomusicological studies of the region – complementing pioneering studies and charting contexts for a contemporary engagement with bow music as an exchangeable cultural practice. Each contribution is written by an expert in the field and collectively demonstrates the multidisciplinary potential of bow music, highlighting the several fields of knowledge that intersect with bow music including ethno-organology, applied ethnomusicology, composition, music literacy, social development, cultural economics, history, orality, performance and language.

2016 Conference Proceedings

The International Library of African Music (ILAM) hereby announces the publication of the proceedings of the 1st International Bow Music Conference. 

Edited by Sazi Dlamini, this publication is a volume of selected articles presented at the ‘1st International Bow Music Conference’ that was held by the Music Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in February 2016. Contributors to the volume include Dave Dargie, Gregory Beyer, Jason Finkelman, Tiago de Pinto and Mariano González, Luka Mukhavele, Bernhard Bleibinger, Jennifer Kyker, Klaus-Peter Brenner, and Andile Khumalo.

The book comes with a CD and is available at a price of R350 per copy. Please contact Liezl Visagie for a copy: