The First International Bow Music Conference, opens at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday 24 February. Running until 27 February over three venues (The Innovation Centre and Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College Campus as well as the KZNSA in Bulwer Road, Glenwood), events include several academic paper presentations, an evening of film screenings, as well as bow music performances – all of which are open to public participation and attendance.
The Music cluster within the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Arts is hosting the 1st International Bow Music Conference from 24 to 27 February. Convened by a team led by Dr Sazi Dlamini, UKZN lecturer and well-known township jazz exponent, the event has garnered a wave of passionate interest from local and international bow music practitioners, as well ethnomusicological research academics from as far afield as the US, Brazil, Europe, and neighbouring SADC countries of Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Madosini Latozi Mpahleni (born 1922 in the Eastern Cape province) is a South African musician, known for playing traditional instruments such as theuhadi and mhrubhe musical bows, and the isitolotolo.
Dr Sazi Dlamini is a research musicologist and lecturer in Music History & Culture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.