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Recognizing and celebrating Xhosa traditional music in South Africa

Joseph, Dawn and Petersen, Alvin 2008, Recognizing and celebrating Xhosa traditional music in South Africa, in ANZARME 2008 : Proceedings of the XXXth Annual Conference : innovation and tradition : music education research : 3-5 October 2008, Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 160-170.

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Title Recognizing and celebrating Xhosa traditional music in South Africa
Author(s) Joseph, Dawn
Petersen, Alvin
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education. Conference (30th : 2008 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 3 - 5 October 2008
Title of proceedings ANZARME 2008 : Proceedings of the XXXth Annual Conference : innovation and tradition : music education research : 3-5 October 2008
Editor(s) Southcott, Jane
Publication date 2008
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education Conference
Start page 160
End page 170
Total pages 291 p.
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary The recognition and celebration of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) as a way forward to promote democracy and inclusivity continues to be part of South Africa's nation building process. One effective platform for this to take place is through community music making as music making in Africa is a way of life. Since democracy in 1994 many initiatives were set up to explore and foster traditional music. This paper presents a brief contextualization of IKS, identity and community music making. It reports on the a Xhosa music research project (2004-2006) as an ethnographic study which is descriptive and interpretive as a holistic cultural portrait. Participants in the project included post-graduate music students, community culture bearers and academics. Only some significant aspects of the Xhose music project at the University of Fort Hare will be reported on. We contextualize the recognition and celebration of IKS within the parameters of the music and the culture of the amaMpondo within the Xhosa people. The paper specifically focuses on the ritual life of the amaMpondo. It also describes the indigenous bow instruments of the Uhadi and Umrhubhe as unique examples of South Africa's traditional music. As this initiative proved a worthy undertaking, we challenge whether such a project could strengthen local IKS elsewhere and be a pathway for tertiary institutions to engage effectively with local community music practitioners in order to prepare students effectively as holistic music educators.
ISBN 9780980311655
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, ANZARME
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018353

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