DOMUS has sponsored the attendance of three academics to take part in two important round table discussions during the IMS/SASRIM conference from 14-17 July 2010 (see programme). The round table discussion on Music and Exile, chaired by Prof. Jean-Pierre de la Porte (guest of DOMUS), continues a discourse on the subject that was started at the Music and Exile: North-South Narratives Symposium in January 2010 in Johannesburg. The State of the Discipline round table, chaired by Prof. Christopher Ballantine of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, critically considers music scholarship four years after the creation of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM). Of the panellists invited to take part in this discussion, DOMUS has supported the attendance of Lindelwa Dalamba and Dr. Nishlyn Ramanna.


  Nishlyn Ramanna lectures
in jazz studies at Rhodes
University. A pianist,
composer, and
musicologist, he has
composed music for film,
released an album of
original material on the
UK-based New Canvas
Records label and has
published work on SA jazz
in the New Grove
of Jazz, SAMUS
and Social Dynamics.
  Jean-Pierre de la Porte
studied composition with
Klaas van Oostveen while
also studying towards a
PhD in the philosophy and
history of science. He was
seconded to teach
architecture by the
legendary Pancho Guedes.
He's been active in
architecture as well as in
the field of social
development and
transformation with clients
including the SA
Government and the WK
Kellogg Foundation. He is
currently the director for
research at the Institute for
Advanced Studies in
Architecture and
Infrastructure . His
interests include
mathematical modeling of
ethnomathematics and
He is about to publish a
book on South African artist
Karel Nel and his newest
composition, written on a
dare from Mary Rorich, is a
string quartet paraphrasing
Debussy's Voiles
  Lindelwa Dalamba is a
Commonwealth and
St. John’s Scholar
currently reading for her
PhD (Historical
Musicology) at St. John’s
College, Cambridge.
Her dissertation focuses
on South African Jazz in
England during the
apartheid years
(1961-1985). It explores
how ‘South African jazz’
intersected with
discourses on
‘African jazz’ (1960s),
free jazz and/or
improvised music
(1970s) and the turn
towards so-called
‘world music’ in the 1980s.
It is argued that these
frames, which were often
imposed, were used in
the musicians’ host
country expediently to
connect this music with
anti-apartheid activities,
where concepts of
‘freedom’, ‘authenticity’
and ‘South Africanness’
were constantly
negotiated. However,
South Africa’s jazz
music in England
also took note of and
spoke to its new habitat
and as such could
comment relevantly on
both. The thesis argues
that this ‘empire playback’
renders incomplete those
studies that would
discuss ‘South African’
jazz without considering
England as an informing
context, whose
relationships with
South Africa, jazz and its
own ‘internal others’ were
musically interrogated by
the displaced South
Africans. Lindelwa
graduated from Rhodes
University (BA Hons) as
an Andrew Mellon Scholar
and from the University of
KwaZulu-Natal (MA Music)
as a recipient of an NRF
Prestigious Scholarship.
She has been published
in SAMUS, and has
published review articles
and essays in SAMUS,
Journal of
African Studies
, Journal
of the Musical Arts in
Africa, Popular Music
and Safundi: The Journal
of South African and
American Studies

Further participants include:

Mr Mokale Koapeng: Composer, conductor and cultural activist. Pioneer of relations between the choral movement and new music.

Dr Stephanus Muller: Musicologist, authority on music policy in the apartheid era.

Professor Crain Soudien: Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town. South Africa's leading authority on transformation and author of the influential Soudien Report on opportunities and inequalities in higher education.

Ms Cara Stacey: Musicologist and civil rights activist. Writer on contemporary African piano music and on rapports between traditional African forms and contemporary music.

Dr Federico Settler: Research Director, Institute for Comparative Religions in Southern Africa University of Cape Town, AW Mellon Doctoral Fellow in Humanities. Writer on South African Civil Society and indigeneity.



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