Historic sounds of Africa
JOBURG will showcase the travelling exhibition of renowned musicologist Hugh Tracey, which is intended to create an awareness about the conversation and distribution of African music, in September.
The proud Museum Africa’s cultural history collections department will host the exhibition, For Future Generations – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music, from September 2 to February 28.
The six-month exhibition will also pay homage to Tracey (1903-1977), the pioneer researcher of African music and worldrenowned musicologist.
South African ethnomusicologist Tracey was born to British parents and fell in love with the remarkable sounds of African music through his experiences of working on the farms in Zimbabwe and criss-crossedAfrica to capture the indigenous sounds of the continent.
He spent time in countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa to gather audio recordings and documented what he heard as African music for future generations.
On display is a range of African musical instruments from the International Library of African Music (ILAM) collection, as well as items related to Tracey’s field research, publications, film and audio recordings.
ILAM, which is based at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, is a research institute and archive centre founded by Tracey in 1954.
In previous years, the public display of works of art by Tracey has been showcased in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and it is set to inspire all enthusiasts of African music and its history.
Visitors will be able to see this historic exhibition daily from 9am to 5pm at Museum Africa, level 3, Cultural History Exhibition area, Newtown.
Entrance to the exhibition is free.