Tag Archive for: music

The Artistry of Bheki Mseleku

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The Artistry of Bheki Mseleku is an in-depth study of his musical style and includes annotated transcriptions and analysis of a selection of compositions and improvisations from his most acclaimed albums including ‘Celebration’, ‘Timelessness’, ‘Star Seeding’, ‘Beauty Of Sunrise’ and ‘Home at Last’.

Cape Town Harmonies: Memory, Humour & Resilience

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Cape Town’s public cultures can only be fully appreciated through recognition of its deep and diverse soundscape. We have to listen to what has made and makes a city. The ear is an integral part of the ‘research tools’ one needs to get a sense of any city. We have to listen to the sounds that made and make the expansive ‘mother city’.

Career Choice: The Voices of Music Students

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It is most times not easy for school leavers to make the right choices about the field of academic study that would help them attain their career visions. Factors including family upbringing, social-cultural experiences, early education, peer associations and perception of self all impact on the career choices of young persons.

African Indigenous Knowledge-Sensed Musical Arts Education

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Looking at current African music studies, one notices an interesting shift from the ‘norm’ to a fresh engagement and analysis. Fresh perspectives are increasingly being presented to position African music dialogue in the arena of the so-called ‘established music fields’.

African Classical Ensemble Music: Book 1

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The three books that comprise the series discuss aspects of the compositional theory and creative philosophy that characterize African indigenous musical arts, and can be introduced at any level of education. They are intended to facilitate purposeful work/shopping activities, and also provide for modern concert performances that are faithful advancements of African indigenous knowledge systems.

Beyond Memory

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South Africa possesses one of the richest popular music traditions in the world – from marabi to mbaqanga, from boeremusiek to bubblegum, from kwela to kwaito. Yet the risk that future generations of South Africans will not know their musical roots is very real.

A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts: Informed by African Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Volume 5, Book 3

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Book 3: Intercultural concert ensembles. Volume 5 is on modern African classical drumming as an instrument of specialization for contemporary concert performances. It contains repertory for solo drumming, drum and voice/saxophone/trumpet duos, and intercultural drum ensemble works.

A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts: Informed by African Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Volume 5, Book 2

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Book 2: Concert duos (Drum and voice/Woodwind/Horns). Volume 5 is on modern African classical drumming as an instrument of specialization for contemporary concert performances. It contains repertory for solo drumming, drum and voice/saxophone/trumpet duos, and intercultural drum ensemble works.

A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts: Informed by African Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Volume 5, Book 1

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Book 1: Concert drum solos and Drummistic piano solos. Volume 5 is on modern African classical drumming as an instrument of specialization for contemporary concert performances. It contains repertory for solo drumming, drum and voice/saxophone/trumpet duos, and intercultural drum ensemble works.

A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts Informed by African indigenous knowledge systems: Volume 4

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Volume 4 – Illuminations, reflections and explorations. Modern literacy education in African music has hitherto focused more on observed context studies. The philosophical rooting and the psychological and therapeutic force that ground African indigenous musical arts have not been much discerned or integrated. Much needed in contemporary education, then, are integrative studies and literature materials that represent the intellectual base of the knowledge owners and creators, and which will ensure cognitive understanding of the indigenous musical arts systems of Africa.