PREPARATIONS FOR THE ETHNOMUSICOLOGY SYMPOSIUM 2014 @ THE UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT (FPAD) ARE IN FULL SWING

By IMAN MANI - Tanzania Daily News
Organizers told the ‘Daily News’ that it is the eighth consecutive episode and are going to use the next four months to make sure it is better than the previous seven chapters.
“Symposium gatherings have become very much like a family meeting; a very open, friendly get-together where prominent scholars, students and the general public share ideas and skills related to the music traditions of Africa and music education,” Dr Kedmon Mapana, one of the two co-ordinators said.
He explained that as in the past this year’s episode will bring scholars, students, musicians and the general public together for sharing their interests in the music traditions of Africa. Emphasis will be on the eastern, central, west and southern sections of the continent together with the Diaspora.
There will also be music education, which involves issues of enculturation, musical transmission and children’s musical cultures. The other co-ordinator, Mitchel Strumpf, said the big name, as “key lecturer” this year, will be the well know Nigerian ethnomusicologist, Prof Meki Nzewi, who is currently teaching at the University of Pretoria.
There will also be Dr Polo Vallejo from Spain, who will present a film he made on the music of the Wagogo ethnic group in Dodoma Region. As in previous episodes, Prof Gerhard Kubik is expected to be there with his kwela group from Malawi.
Strumpf made no secret of his pride knowing that in seven years the Symposium has managed to create space for both well-known and emerging scholars in the fields of ethnomusicology.
This year is no exception and will include research papers and music performances by Tanzania scholars and musicians, together with their counterparts from other parts of Africa and the world.

The countries represented include Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Germany, the United States of America, Norway, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain and Tanzania.
Another thing that has excited both co-ordinators about this year’s episode is having the first Zanzibar International Music Education workshop connected to the symposium.
This will be held at the Dhow Countries Music Academy premises, in Stone Town, on the first two days of August.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity of sharing ideas related to methods and materials that best bring the previously “out-of-the-classroom learning” traditions into the realm of “classroom-learning”.

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