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Tuesday, February 16, 2016


(Dr Sazi Dlamini)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the Bow Music Jam led by Arcomusical on February 24.

This concert is part of the opening of the 1st International Bow Music Conference taking place from February 24 to 27 at UKZN. Conference delegates and bow players will be coming from as far afield as Brazil, Germany, US, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

Arcomusical is a multi-faceted resource for the Afro-Brazilian berimbau dedicated to performance, publication, research, and community building. The berimbau is one member of the “bow” family of musical instruments found all over the world.

Its closest relatives are found in southern Africa, specifically in the Portuguese speaking countries of Angola (e.g. hungo and mblumbumba) and Mozambique (e.g. xitende). Arcomusical is now a central locus for a global community interested in research and creative uses for the berimbau in Capoeira and beyond. In Brazil, the United States, and around the globe, Arcomusical is creating important connections inside the world of Capoeira Angola and among the expanding circle of creative musicians who use the berimbau as a primary vehicle for expression.

Arcomusical will make their appearance alongside other delegates who will be introducing their favourite bows in song.

The concert takes place at 18h00 on February 24 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Doors open at 17h30. Admission R60 (R40 pensioners, R20 students). For more information contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email for more details or visit