These resources have been shared with us by delegates to our 2020 Virtual Event, amongst others. If you have a suggestion for material, please drop us an email or contact us on Twitter. Please note that although we do check linked resources before posting them, we aren't responsible for the content on external pages.
This resource list is divided into three sections, and a prologue:
- Music, Musicians, Repertoire
- Journals, Articles, Books, Blogs
- Institutions, Organisations, Networks
Prologue: If I were a racist
Nate Holder speaking his poem, which featured in the opening panel of our 2020 event.
- Video: If I Were A Racist by Nate Holder
Music, Musicians, Repertoire
From the site: "plainsightSOUND is a music research project, aimed at rediscovering colonial and postcolonial voices in British classical music. Focusing on the stories of classical musicians in Britain of African and Caribbean descent, including those from former British colonies, the project will explore their lives as well as their musical activity in Britain before 1970."
Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora
Multi-volume edition published by Oxford University Press
Songs of Africa
Collection of songs in choral arrangement, arranged by Fred Onovwerosuoke and published by Oxford University Press.
US-based composer, born in Ghana to Nigerian parents.
Tunde Jegende is an English-born Nigerian composer, cellist and kora player with a background both in western classical and West African griot traditions
Journals, Articles, Books, Blogs
Online journal (bilingual English & seSotho) published by the Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation. "herri is an attempt to answer the question: What does decolonization look like in this age of hybridity?"
Music Theory's White Racial Frame
Philip Ewell's plenary talk "Music Theory's White Racial Frame", subsequently published under a slightly different title in Music Theory Online, generated ... discussion. He has subsequently created a blog addressing the issue.
Decolonizing music education: Moving beyond tokenism
Article by Juliet Hess published in the International Journal of Music Education
Decolonisation of higher education: Dismantling epistemic violence and Eurocentrism in South Africa
Article by Savo Heleta, published in the journal Transformation in Higher Education in 2016.
‘African’ drumming, the homogenisation of a continent
Article by our panelist Nate Holder for Media Diversified.
More from Nate Holder on his website
Too many relevant posts!
Decentering Music: A "Sound" Education
Article by our panelist Matias Recharte published in the journal Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education.
Decolonising the University
Book edited by Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial and Kerem Nişancıoğlu.
The Language of African Literature
Article by Thiongo Ngugi Wa, suggested by a delegate as particularly relevant to the question of language and decolonisation.
Towards a decolonial music education in and from Latin America (in Spanish)
Article by Favio Shifres and Guillermo Rosabal-Coto published in Revista Internacional de Educación Musical
Decolonised pedagogies: Insurgent practices of resistance, (re-)existance and (returning to) life (in Spanish)
Book edited by Catherine Walsh, published 2013.
Decolonising the University (in Spanish)
Book chapter by Santiago Castro-Gómez, publishd in Santiago Castro-Gómez & Ramón Grosfoguel (eds.), El giro decolonial. Reflexiones para una diversidad epistémica más allá del capitalismo global (Bogotá: Iesco-Pensar-Siglo del Hombre Editores), pp. 79-91.
Modernity and Coloniality
Website for a free online summer seminar (which ran in 2020? we're not sure) run by NYU's Ahmed Ansari. Links to readings and to audio recordings of the lectures.
Ahmed Ansari's website (external link)
Living Sculptures that Stand for History's Truths
TED talk by Sethembile Msezane. "In the century-old statues that occupy Cape Town, Sethembile Mzesane didn't see anything that looked like her own reality. So she became a living sculpture herself, standing for hours on end in public spaces dressed in symbolic costumes, to reclaim the city and its public spaces for her community. In this powerful, tour-de-force talk, she shares the stories and motivation behind her mesmerizing performance art."
Website includes links to further resources.
The Public Spaces of Black Women
Article by Ladi'Sasha Jones, written in parallel with Taylor Renee Aldridge, Jessica Bell Brown, Kimberly Drew and Jessica Lynne.
Decolonization is not a metaphor
Article by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang published in the journal Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society.
Hamilton – the diverse musical with representation problems
Article for The Conversation by our panelist Hannah Robbins.
Audio Papers – A Manifesto
Article by Sanne Krogh Groth and Kristine Samson introducing a special issue of the magazine Seismograf. Suggested by a delegate in the context of discussions on the coloniality of the written word.
Institutes, Organisations, Networks
Decolonizing the Music Room
Organisation founded by our panelist Brandi Waller-Pace. "Decolonizing the Music Room is a nonprofit organization using research, training, and discourse to help music educators develop critical practices and center BBIA (Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian) voices, knowledge, and experiences in order to challenge the historical dominance of white Western European and American music, narratives, and practices."
Website includes extensive links to resources.
The Free Black University
"Education must be free, anti-colonial, healing, and accessible to all. We exist to radically imagine transformative worlds."
Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation at Stellenbosch University
"Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation is an independent and autonomous interdisciplinary institute in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University. We work amidst the collapse of promise that pervades the exhausted state of music as a colonial academic discipline, pushing beyond its catechisms, its taboos, its hermetically sealed conversations, its silo thinking, its fear of change. We celebrate and curate the music archive as central to our desire for a future music studies, and cultivate a free space for interdisciplinary scholarship, experimentation and creative and intellectual risk-taking."
Black Opera Research Network
From the website: "We use as a starting point a construction of Blackness that comes out of [the book] Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement (2018, 6). Black opera is meant to chart a terrain in interdisciplinary opera studies that attends to the racialised politics of contemporary and historical cultural formations. In addition to Black composers and singers, it can also include a historical context and political directive for having Black voices tell their own stories and become full participants in a genre that had been closed through segregation."
Site includes an extensive list of relevant literature.
A cross-organisational network which aims to promote, support and share good practice in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion in Music Higher Education in the UK.
Multicultural Music Making
Project working in primary and secondary schools in the West Midlands. Description by Natalie Mason, who runs the project with Friction Arts: "Rethinking engagement with international music in school settings, the MMM project is focused on making space for children (and families) to share music they are connected to, and learn and create new music. Developed by community musicians who wish to move away from tokenistic representations of 'world music' in schools, the use of culturally-responsive pedagogy has inspired my current PhD research."