International Library of African Music

The International Library of African Music (ILAM) is one of the world’s greatest repositories of African music and musical instruments. We were founded in 1954 by Hugh Tracey and we're attached to the music department of Rhodes University (South Africa). Our aim is to discover, record, analyse, archive, teach, publish and promote the music and oral arts of Africa - and we're using podcasting to help us do that.

Songs of the Ocean

4 EPISODES |  Podcast, ±18 min episode every 1 hour
We are all ocean people. No matter where on Earth we live, the ocean touches every aspect of our lives, from the air we breathe and the climate we experience to the food we eat and the goods we consume. What we do in our daily lives affects the oceans of the world. So there is simply no way to fully understand and appreciate our place on this planet without a deep knowledge of the ocean and our relationship with it. Some aspects of this relationship have shaped the consciousness of coastal peoples for millennia, and it is through this series of podcasts that we explore these themes.


1 EPISODES |  Series
The TAU (Teaching Advancements at Universities) Fellowships Programme seeks to build a cadre of teaching fellows in a wide range of disciplines over a 19-month programme, involving block week contact sessions, individual projects in own teaching and learning settings, group projects and reflective reports; participants are drawn from all South African universities. The aims of the programme are:
To contribute towards the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education in South Africa by supporting the development of a cadre of academics across institutions and disciplines as scholars, leaders and mentors in their fields.
To enhance the status and stature of teaching and popularise the understanding of teaching excellence in varied institutional and disciplinary settings.
To enable TAU participants to develop their capabilities to engage in and insert themselves as change agents, individually and collectively, in building a socially just education.

We are TAU group 6 and during our time together we found ourselves having detailed discussions around the questions, what do we expect from a graduate? What is graduateness?

In this podcast, we discuss what attributes a graduate from a South African university should have. We discuss the goals graduates should achieve, how we envisage them to be able to think, what they should know, how they should engage with society, and how they should think of themselves as citizens, not only in South Africa, but as citizens of the world.
ENGLISH Read by Sumaiya Adam, Nontobeko Mncwangi, Ashraf Kagee Education · Science

African Music Activists

6 EPISODES |  Podcast, ±22 min episode every 4 days
Meet some of Southern Africa's most talented musicians. Discover their stories and hear their work. But this podcast is about more than that. Each artist is also passionate about keeping traditional African music alive, evolving and, above all, heard. Each one is an African Music Activist.

AfroLoops: discovering the instruments of Africa

7 EPISODES |  Series, ±6 min episode total time 44 min
In AfroLoops: Discovering the instruments of Africa, we introduce you to some of the continent's best-loved instruments - how they're made and played, how they sound and a bit about their history. So - if you don't know your marimba from your mbira, this podcast is for you.

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