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.


Filtering by Category: Friday 26 February

Luka Mukhavele

Steve Jones

Luka Xikhapani Mukhavele musicianship has been shaped since his childhood along the Limpopo valley, Gaza province in the south of Mozambique where he was exposed to all forms of local and regional musical traditions and instruments. He studied at the Zimbabwe College of Ethnomusicology Trust, graduated an MA in World music studies at The University of Sheffield and is working towards his PhD in Ethno-organology. At present he lectures Acoustics and Organology Study of Mozambican Traditional Musical Instruments and Construction of Mozambican Traditional Musical Instruments at the Eduardo Mondlane University, in Maputo. He also teaches music education at the Maputo International School, researches and builds musical instruments as well as perform under his own Mukhambira Ethnomusical Project.

Mestre Cobra Mansa

Steve Jones

Mestre Cobra Mansa (Cinézio Peçanha) has been a Master of Capoeira Angola since 1986. He is one of the principal figures responsible for the revitalization of Capoeira Angola. In 1996, he founded the International Foundation of Capoeira Angola (FICA) in Washington DC, and participated as producer, consultant, and actor in diverse documentary films about capoeira. He is the co-director of the film Jogo de corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2014). He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the multi- institutional and multidisciplinary program (DMMDC) at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.


Salil Sachdev

Steve Jones

Salil Sachdev is on the faculty of music at Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts, USA. He has composed music for the orchestra, percussion, piano, theater, voice, and electronic music. His teaching areas comprise music theory, form and analysis, introduction to world music, and introduction to music of Africa. As well, he founded and directed the West African Drumming Ensemble at BSU for fifteen years. Salil’s interest in world music has taken him to India, Ireland, Africa, and Cuba. He has studied hand percussion (including West African Djembe drumming), the Bodhrán (Irish drum), and Solkattu, the rhythmic system of south India.

Greg Beyer

Steve Jones

Gregory Beyer is a Fulbright Scholar and a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz, and world music who combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a singular artistic voice. He has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the world. Beyer is Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University, where he directs the Percussion Ensemble (performed at PASIC in 2009 and 2013) and New Music Ensemble. He is also the director of Arcomusical, an organization that creates and promotes contemporary music for tuned gourd-resonated musical bows.