PASMAE's Mission is to enhance and promote Musical Arts Education throughout Africa

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Call for papers, performances, posters and workshops

Pasmae Conference 2005
Maputo, Mozambique, 5-10 July

THEME:
Music Education and African Musical Arts Practices
Under this overarching topic five sub-themes will be discussed:
Sub-theme I:
Study of performance technique of African instruments and their construction technology.
Sub-theme II:
Instrumental performance content and contexts.
Sub-theme III:
Choral performance content and contexts.
Sub-theme IV:
Indigenous choral styles, aesthetics and intonation.
Sub-theme V:
Development of teacher training and classroom-based musical arts education.
Three strands are implicit in all the above five themes: (1) Gender sensitivity; (2) Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS); (3) Africa, the West and the East, empowering each other. Read more


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Launching PASMAE:
A Benefit Concert at the University of Cape Town

Indibano

On 16 April 2002 the SA College of Music, University of Cape Town, hosted a benefit launch concert for PASMAE. More than 150 artists from South Africa and other African countries collaborated in a three hour programme that was a unique combination of traditional and global musics.

In his message to PASMAE UCT's Vice-Chancellor Professor Njabulo Ndbele recognized the role of Musical Arts Education in "building cultural-national identity in the global context and beyond. Music knows no boundaries; it transcends cultural, racial and linguistic limitations as people join together in dance, harmony and rhythm. It is good for the soul of a nation as it is good for the entertainment of individuals. This project is an important expression of dialogue between education and music, which is deserving of our support."

The Director of the hosting department, Dr Franklin Larey, concluded: "I am confident that PASMAE will have a powerful impact on all of our musics and will contribute to cross-cultural and intellectual exchange as well as promote and enhance Musical Arts Education world-wide."

The Director of the hosting department, Dr Franklin Larey, concluded: "I am confident that PASMAE will have a powerful impact on all of our musics and will contribute to cross-cultural and intellectual exchange as well as promote and enhance Musical Arts Education world-wide."

PASMAE 2003 CONFERENCE, Kisumu, KENYA, 5 - 11 July 2003

THEME: SOLUTIONS FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN AFRICA

We are inviting you to attend the above conference, which is scheduled to take place in July 2003. The Conference is being organised under the auspices of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education, the Kenyan Music Educators Association, UNESCO and ISME. The Conference will be held jointly with the first ever ISME African regional conference, and will offer participants an opportunity to celebrate with ISME its 50th Jubilee Year. Our host will be the Department of Music, Maseno University the only university situated on the equator!

The major objective of the Conference will be to provide workable solutions to the problems of music research, teaching and performance peculiar to the continent.

The Conference will comprise plenary, workshop, paper, seminar, performance and poster sessions. The conference programme will be arranged in such a way as to allow two or more activities to run concurrently. The closing date for papers, performances, posters and workshops is 28 February 2003.

Office bearers 2003-2005

The President
Prof Meki Nzewi (Nigeria)
The Vice-Presidents
Prof Minette Mans (Namibia) Mr Chrispo Okumo (Kenya) Mr Adepo Yapo (Ivory Coast)
The Secretary-General
Prof Caroline van Niekerk (South Africa)
The Assistant Secretary-General
Dr Hellen Agak (Kenya)
The Director Resources
Dr Anri Herbst (South Africa)
The Director MAT cells
Mr Chris Klopper (South Africa)
The Director Music Technology
Prof Robert Kwami (Ghana)
The Databank Operator
Mr Michael Nixon (South Africa)
Secretariat Operations Manager:
Ms Angie Scheepers (South Africa)

Office bearers 2001-2003

The President
Prof Meki Nzewi (Nigeria)
The Secretary-General
Prof Caroline van Niekerk (South Africa)
The Director Resources
Dr Anri Herbst (South Africa)
The Director MAT cells
Mr Chris Klopper (South Africa)
The Director Music Technology
Prof Robert Kwami (Ghana)
Secretariat Operations Manager:
Ms Angie Scheepers (South Africa)

Piano Music between Two Continents

South African born composer and pianist Isak Roux performed some of his piano works at a PASMAE benefit concert on 9 March 2002. This event was hosted by Doctor and Mrs Karl Gutbrod at their villa in Stuttgart, Germany. The 40 invited guests enjoyed a programme of compositions based on elements found in African folk music and made generous contributions towards Music Education on the African continent.

Having fun with African Music!

Meki and his drummers

On Friday 12 April 2002 twenty three teachers from 14 different schools in the Cape Peninsula registered for a 2 day workshop that was presented by Prof. Meki Nzewi (University of Nsukka, Nigeria, currently at the University of Pretoria), Dizu Plaatjes and Vusi Ngema (both from the SA College of Music at the University of Cape Town). These musicians guided the participants through an experience in Djembe drumming, Amadinda and Uhadi bow-playing, as well as African dancing.

The enthusiastic teachers had to be "cajoled" into going home at the end of the 9-hour experience, and requested follow-up workshops. Course participants were presented with an In-service Training Attendance Certificate endorsed by Mr Franklin Lewis, Senior Curriculum Advisor for Music in the Western Cape Education Department.

African delegates meet in Norway:
The Bergen ISME 2002 conference

African deligates party

In August 2002 more than 1000 delegates from all continents celebrated a musical form of ubuntu, which was the theme of the ISME conference held in Pretoria in 1998. In Norwegian this was appropriately described in the conference theme: "SAMSPEL: together for our musical future!" Approximately 30 African scholars from 12 different African countries attended. Ten African delegates were chosen by the ISME selection committee to present papers, roundtable papers or poster sessions at the conference: South Africa (3), Nigeria (1), Ghana (1), Kenya (3), Zambia (1) and Namibia (1). In the course of five days, delegates were faced with the overwhelming task of having to choose between over 300 papers, workshops, poster sessions and performances. PASMAE is grateful for the sponsorship that was received from ISME, NORAD, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and the NRF, making possible attendance by African delegates.

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