For Future Generations – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music
Pioneer and researcher of African music, and founder of the International Library of African Music (ILAM), Hugh Tracey, conducted field trips into east, central and southern Africa from as early as 1929. During these trips he collected recordings of African musicians in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Moçambique.
This exhibition offers an interactive view into these field trips through audio and visual/video stations containing many examples of the music, songs and stories Tracey collected and films he made. A range of African instruments, a feature on his career in broadcasting, and selections from the research of his son, Andrew Tracey, are on display.
A special focus is on Hugh Tracey’s field research tools and the prototype of the kalimba (a type of African thumb piano) Tracey adapted from the mbira (a wooden board to which staggered metal keys are attached), for use in musiceducation programmes.
Enquiries: Shanaaz Galant,
Tel: 021 467 7214