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.

In 2018 the 2nd Bow Music Conference is running in parallel with the 12th annual congress of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) Conference to be hosted at UKZN from 29 August - 1 September. In conjunction with the conference a cultural programme comprising of a series of public workshops and concerts will be staged at venues around the city.

All Bow Conference registration will take place on the SASRIM registration portal.