n Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa - Giving a voice to budding young scholars on the African continent - editorial

Volume 16 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1812-1004
  • E-ISSN: 2070-626X
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In his influential publication Representing African Music (2003), Kofi Agawu asserts that ‘[t]he spirit of African music is […] not always manifest[ed] in the scholarship about it’ (xii) and that ‘there is a disjunction between the practice of African music and its scholarly representation’ (xv–xvi). While Agawu’s polemic against ethnomusicology has been praised by some (see Solis 2004) and critiqued by others (see Meintjes 2006), his call for more research on African musics by African scholars – or what Euba (2008:158) refers to as ‘good foreign policy […] that allows the Other to speak for the Other’ since it is ‘fully capable of representing itself ’ – still rings true in our current milieu of academic decolonisation.

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