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Sound Travels: Musical Connections between Asia and Africa



You are invited to an exhibition that searches for connections and synergies between Africa and Asia as part of a major research project between scholars across these two continents called "Recentering AfroAsia" funded by the A.W.Mellon Foundation. Part of the exhibition is from the Kirby Collection of Musical instruments at the South African College of Music, UCT. This selection of images presented suggests and at times establishes connections, echoes and resonances across the lands and seas between and across Africa and Asia.

The other part is an essay on the Malay Choirs by acclaimed Cape Town photographer, Esa Alexander. His work celebrates the musicians whose artistry draws on and hones the beloved cultural practices that ancestors brought on slave ships. These competitions, first organised in the 20th century, showcase and promote the songs that resound when the Cape's nagtroepe sing in the New Year after midnight on the city streets.

Date : 18th September, 2016
Time : 6pm for 6.30
Venue : CAS Gallery, Oppenheimer Building, Upper Campus

The opening was followed by a performance of Asian and African musicians.