International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on African Musics

Mission Statement

The key function of the African Musics Study Group (AMSG) is to research, promote, preserve disseminate and pro- tect African musics and dance in all their aspects, functions and geographi- cal locations, in Africa and in the dias- pora; with a particular emphasis on indigenous/traditional African musics in sub-Saharan and diasporic Africa.

Executive Committee

  • Patricia A. Opondo, Chair
  • Amanda Villapastour, Vice Chair
  • George Orlasi Kwasi Dor, Secretary
  • Sylvia Bruinders, Treasurer
  • Marie Elena Seye Publications Coordinator
  • Alvin Petersen, Web master and digi- tal technology assistant

The African Musics Study Group is pleased to invite submissions for its weblog, which, along with the mailing list, serves as a central communication site for members. Any items of interest to members of the Study Group, including conference announcements, calls for abstracts, events, descriptions of research or publications, and similar newsworthy items, can be sent to the webmaster, Alvin Petersen, at alvin.petersen@nwu.ac.za, and/or posted directly to the mailing list (see below).

First ICTM African Musics Study Group Symposium/10th Anniversary of the African Cultural Calabash: 30th September - 3rd October 2015

The 1st African Musics Study Group Symposium will be held back-to-back with the 10th Anniversary of the African Cultural Calabash. This symposium will be hosted by by the African Music Project, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, Republic of South Africa. The dates for this auspicious event will be as from the 30th September until the 3rd of October 2015. The contact details of the hosting organization are as follows:


Dr. Patricia Achieng Opondo


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