His­toric sounds of Africa

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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.

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