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Rural backgrounds and academic strategies: higher education , the Music Department and the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa

Bleibinger, Bernhard

Abstract:
This paper provides an overview of the history of the Music Department at the University of Fort Hare,South Africa, and its transformation after the new democratic dispensation was introduced. As the majority of students come from rural villages, the department 's new Head shifted the focus from Western to African music.  Emphasis was placed on African music instruments of the region ie. different kinds of musical bows such as Uhadi, Umrhubhe and Ikatari.  New methods of teaching were also applied which incorporated the use of oral tradition in lectures and the author maintains that this was a step closer towards democracy.  Since 2003 the so-called Indigenous Music and Oral History Project (IMOHP), which is located at the University of Fort Hare, has been supporting this idea insofar as it has been collecting and promoting indigenous music.  Two newer projects related to the IMOHP are also discussed.  Bleibinger concludes that the real challenge is with the transiton of students from an oral to a written tradition and from a traditional to a globalising culture. 

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Title of Paper: Rural backgrounds and academic strategies: higher education , the Music Department and the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa
Conference Name: 4th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education: New challenges and emerging roles for human and social development
Conference Date: 2008-03-31
Conference Location: Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Italy
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2008
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Rural Communities, Higher Education, Music, Oral History, University of Fort Hare, Projects, Africanisation, Post Apartheid


File Size:289 KB
Rights:This paper can be accessed at http://www.guni-rmies.net/info/default.php?id=153
Date Added:02 July 2008


Bleibinger, Bernhard (2008). Rural backgrounds and academic strategies: higher education , the Music Department and the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa Presented at the 4th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, 31 March