South African Music Studies

Exiles/inxiles: Differing axes of South African jazz during late apartheid
South African Music Studies (2012) Vol. 32, pp. 91-112

The late apartheid era in South Africa yielded two axes of local jazz. The first, pertaining to a teleological trajectory (from late apartheid to the beginnings of democracy), describes an evolving aesthetic which moves from protest to celebration. The second ...

Practice-based research in music: International perspectives, South African challenges
South African Music Studies (2012) Vol. 32, pp. 77-90

This article examines practice-based research and its application in doctoral studies in music. The research reported on here is of particular importance in the context of tertiary studies in music in South African academe. While several South African universities currently ...

Bodysuits and biodomes: The construction of the sonochronotopia on Johannesburg's South Korean ethnoscape
South African Music Studies (2012) Vol. 32, pp. 59-76

The aestheticization of space through sound as a mode of negotiating disjuncture is an under-researched phenomenon. In this paper I will discuss such processes as a means through which certain members of Johannesburg's Korean expatriate community anaesthetize themselves in response ...

Vuvuzelas, pop stars and back-up dancers: The politics of rhythm and noise at the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa
South African Music Studies (2012) Vol. 32, pp. 37-58

When South Africa hosted the Soccer World Cup in 2010, the sound of the vuvuzela dominated proceedings. In this article I consider the vuvuzela as both a symbol and a disruption of existing neoimperial assumptions about sound, race, gender, and ...

Stylistic traits in South African jazz - Barney Rachabane: A case study
South African Music Studies (2012) Vol. 32, pp. 21-36

This research views the construction of melodic improvised playing as an extended chain of causal events, which in themselves are interdependent on one another. The author is of the opinion that all improvising soloists strive to speak with their own ...

Dominant culture, Afrikaner nationalism and Cromwell Everson's "Klutaimnestra"
South African Music Studies (2012) Vol. 32, pp. 1-20

In November 1967, a four act opera, "Klutaimnestra," by the South African composer Cromwell Everson (1925-1991) was premiered in Worcester, a rural Western Cape town situated northeast of Cape Town. "Klutaimnestra," the first full-length staged Afrikaans opera in South Africa, ...

Review Article: Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano
South African Music Studies (2010) Vol. 30-31, pp. np

In 2010, two South African musicians, Peter Martens and Luis Magalhães, released a recording of the sonatas for cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven under the "Two Pianists" label, of which Magalhães is the co-founder and co-owner. Martens and ...

The Piano Teaching Situation from a Student Perspective: A South African Qualitative Study
South African Music Studies (2010) Vol. 30-31, pp. np

This article discusses a qualitative survey conducted among piano students in order to determine their needs regarding piano teaching. The empirical research underlying this article indicates that, from the perspective of the piano student, certain needs in the piano teaching ...

The Effect of the Tomatis Method on the Psychological Well-Being and Piano Performance of Student Pianists: An Exploratory Study
South African Music Studies (2010) Vol. 30-31, pp. np

Since features inherent in student pianists' training may contribute to psychological vulnerability, especially regarding self-concept and anxiety, these student pianists may benefit from interventions that could elevate their level of psychological well-being. Clinical observations, research and Tomatis' theories indicate that ...

An Intertextual Reading of the "Elegia" from Arnold van Wyk's "Duo Concertante Matildie Thom Wium"
South African Music Studies (2010) Vol. 30-31, pp. np

This article presents a multi-layered intertextual reading of the "Elegia" from Van Wyk's "Duo Concertante" for viola and piano. The intertexts that "converse with" Van Wyk's piece in this article highlight aspects of that composition not immediately obvious without such ...


The official organ of the Musicological Society of Southern Africa, South African Music Studies, previously, the South African Journal of Musicology (SAMUS) prioritises, but does not restrict itself to, the publication of research on music in South Africa. We welcome articles in the fields of musicology and ethnomusicology, as well as music therapy and music education.

Publisher Musicological Society of Southern Africa
ISSN (Print) 0258-509X
Indexed 453 articles

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