Aims

The aims of the initiative are to assist with the Heritage Festival held annually if funds are procured, as well as to conduct research, revive, and promote the musical heritage of the Keiskammahoek. Presently all the data is being stored at the International Library of African Music (ILAM). Long term goals are to archive the data, establish a satellite archive in the area, and to consolidate the holdings for the purpose of social and economic development in as far as the holdings should generate an income from downloads and the promotion of tourism in the area.

The project is also aimed at developing the university’s profile in service learning for students as well as community engagement. Along with these aims, the research team is aware that traditions change over time and with this in mind it focuses on both the conservation of traditional musical practices and the revival of musical traditions in Keiskammahoek.

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