South African Music Studies

Music as Discipline, Solidarity and Nostalgia in the Zonderwater Prisoner of War Camp of South Africa
South African Music Studies (2010) Vol. 30-31, pp. np

A particularly rich vein of cultural products in a variety of media emerged from South Africa's Italian prisoner of war camps in the Second World War. Contrary to the popular image of nightmarish World War Two prisoner of war camps ...

"Never the Twain Shall Meet": Africanist Art Music and the End of Apartheid
South African Music Studies (2010) Vol. 30-31, pp. np

Art music composition in South Africa was an increasingly contested artistic and ideological space through the late apartheid period (1980-1994). Rapidly declining institutional and political support threatened activities long associated with white "superiority" and distinctiveness under apartheid and threw the ...

Tracing Tribe: Hugh Tracey and the Cultural Policies of Retribalisation
South African Music Studies (2010) Vol. 30-31, pp. np

The enclosed essay challenges the impulse of Hugh Tracey apologists who argue that the South African musicologist's work in cultural preservation absolves his resistance to musical syncretish, which, in many ways, bolstered the retribalization efforts of apartheid South Afria. By ...

The Redoubtable Nofinishi Dywili, Uhadi Master and Xhosa Song Leader
South African Music Studies (2010) Vol. 30-31, pp. np

Nofinishi Dywili led a normal life as a resident of a remote Xhosa village. However, her musical skill and knowledge of traditional lore, especially recording the traditional education of young women, gave her leadership roles in the village, both as ...

From Johannesburg to Vienna: Presenting South African Composition on a European Stage
South African Music Studies (2009) Vol. 29, pp. 81-92

This article critiques the South African field of art music composition and asks how art music composers in South Africa perceive themselves in relation to those fields in Europe. I use the performance of my double saxophone concertante "Blink" as ...

The "Musical Human" and Colonial Encounters in Minas Gerais, Brazil
South African Music Studies (2009) Vol. 29, pp. 61-80

John Blacking's most lasting legacy to ethnomusicology has been his view of humanity as inherently musical. He claimed that it is precisely because humans are endowed with "musical intelligence," that they are able to communicate transculturally. By drawing on historical ...

The Landscape Within: Kevin Volans and the String Quartet
South African Music Studies (2009) Vol. 29, pp. 1-30

In 2008 composer Kevin Volans wrote a document for the London-based Smith Quartet's proposed cycle of String Quartets 1-10, called "The landscape within," wherein he assigns exterior and interior notions of landscape to each quartet. This article surveys all eleven ...

A semiotic investigation into dialectical opposition in Schoenberg's Third String Quartet, first movement
South African Music Studies (2008) Vol. 28, pp. 135-154

A semiotic analysis of the first movement of Schoenberg's Third String Quartet using the series as the unit of signification, reveals that order-number partitioning supports the arch-form of the movement. Other serial and non-serial dialectical oppositions are analysed and the ...


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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