King George V Avenue
Berea, KZN
South Africa

The Bow Music Conference at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 24 - 27 February 2016 is put together in consultation with southern African and international bow music researchers. Participation will include academics from a wide spectrum of indigenous musical arts, practitioners and cultural bearers of diverse bow music traditions in sub-Saharan and abroad.



The Bow Music Conference at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a pioneering international gathering of researchers and bow music performers that opens its doors to attendance by the public. The 2016 edition saw paper presentations, workshops and discussions at the university’s Innovation Centre focussing on a diverse topics on global musical practices while performances at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre showcased different bow music styles from as far afield as Zimbabwe, Brazil, the US, South Africa, Lesotho and Mozambique.


The conference again calls for proposals for the second edition of the conference to be hosted on 29 August to 2 September 2018.