Gateways to World Music: Music Traditions of Southern Africa

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March 7, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St. Urbana, IL

Johannesburg-based scholar/artist Cara Stacey will present a lecture/performance introducing southern African instruments including the musical bows umrhubhe, uhadi, and makhweyane. This presentation will offer music demonstrations and insight on how these instruments function in society from historical and modern perspectives.

As a member of the International Council for Traditional Music representing eSwatini (Swaziland), and as acting coordinator of the Swaziland Traditional Music Association, Stacey’s presentation also includes unique perspectives of traditional music production, presentation and collaboration from Swaziland.

Cara Stacey is a George A. Miller Visiting Scholar in residence at the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music from March 4 - 14.

This lecture/performance is co-sponsored by Spurlock Museum and Illinois Art Council Agency. Stacey's visit is co-sponsored in part by School of Music, Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois, and the George A. Miller Programs Committee.


Cara Stacey is a South African musician, composer and researcher. She is a pianist and plays southern African musical bows (umrhubhe, uhadi, makhweyane). Cara holds a Masters in Musicology (Edinburgh), a MMus in Performance from SOAS (London). As a Commonwealth Scholar, she completed her PhD through the University of Cape Town and SOAS (London). Her doctoral research investigated practice and innovation in the music of the makhweyane musical bow in the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). Cara is currently an ACLS African Humanities Programme postdoctoral fellow.

Beyond her solo performance and composition work, Cara collaborates with percussionist and drummer Sarathy Korwar in the project Pergola and is a member of the Night Light Collective. Her debut album 'Things that grow' features Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Ruth Goller, and Crewdson (2015, Kit Records). Her latest album, 'Ceder', is of her duo project with Peruvian flutist and composer Camilo Ángeles (2018, Kit Records). Cara has performed across southern Africa, in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Peru, the USA and Switzerland with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Sarathy Korwar, Dan Leavers, Galina Juritz, Beat Keller, Matchume Zango, Jason Singh and Juliana Venter.

Cara is the founder of the Betwixt concert series with cellist Nicola du Toit. She sits on the executive committee for the South African Society for Research in Music and is the International Council for Traditional Music country liaison office for the kingdom of eSwatini. She is based between Johannesburg and Mbabane.

open to the public, admission free
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