Introduction

The collaboration between the Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda Development Centre, the Ethnomusicology division in the Department of Music at Rhodes University on conducting research on the music heritage of the Keiskammahoek district in the Eastern Cape started in 2011 when Rhodes University was approached by the Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda Development Centre to support them with the annual Heritage Festival held in the Amathole District. There was not much to present and we realized that the first step towards collaboration would be to conduct research in the area. Through research and retrieving as much as possible the initiative was started to address the decline and loss of traditional musical practices that the residents in Keiskammahoek were experiencing, and to revive an interest in these traditions.

Keiskammahoek is a small rural town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is situated 40 kilometres west of King Williamstown and falls under the Amathole District Municipality. There are 29 villages that surround the town. In these villages myself, as the Ethnomusicology lecturer, and students of RU and local fieldworkers began to conduct research.

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