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.


Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

Thursday 25 February

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (Howard College Campus - UKZN) will host screenings of the following films. Starts at 7pm - Tickets are R10 from Computicket.

“The Traditional Music of Mali, West Africa”

By Salil Sachdev - 59 MIn

Mali represents much of the traditional music practiced in various countries of West Africa including Guinea, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. The Djembe drumming tradition and various other folk musical performances are integrated into the society’s cultural, religious and philosophical beliefs. Traditional music is a vital part of various rituals and ceremonies, symbolic in its representation of various ceremonial procedures and practices. Specific songs and music are sung and played for specific occasions based on centuries old customs and traditions. Long established dance forms accompany much of the rites closely integrated with the associated music. This project will serve as an investigation in the traditional musical practices of Mali. It will also explore the symbolic associations of music with centuries old religious and cultural practices in West Africa.


"Jogo de Corpo" (Body Games)

The Angolan Roots of Capoeira, directed by Richard Pakleppa - 87 Min

BODY GAMES presents a sensual tapestry of combat games from both sides of the Atlantic. It tells a story driven by Mestre Cobra Mansa's need to understand the ancestry of his art form, Capoeira, as part of a wider concern with his Afro-Brazilian heritage. The search starts in Rio, as a 12 year old street child, Cobra found survival and self esteem playing Capoeira. Through Capoeira he grew into Brazil's black movement and discovered his identity as an Afro-Brazilian. A powerful Brazilian myth links Capoeira to a legendary Angolan game called Engolo. Through an exchange of Capoeira and Engolo in the dusty villages of Southern Angola, Cobra begins to understand the affinities and differences between combat games played on both sides of the Atlantic.