An exhibition that searches for connections and synergies between Africa and Asia as part of a major research project between scholars across these two continents called "Recentering AfroAsia" funded by the A.W.Mellon Foundation.

The opening of the exhibition

The selection of images presented suggested and at times established connections, echoes and resonances across the lands and seas between and across Africa and Asia. Part of the exhibition was from the Kirby Collection of Musical instruments at the South African College of Music, UCT.

The other part was an essay on the Malay Choirs by acclaimed Cape Town photographer, Esa Alexander. His work celebrates the musicians whose artistry draws on and hones the beloved cultural practises that ancestors brought on slave ships.


View the performances online

The opening was followed by a performance by Asian and African musicians. View the performances below:


Click here to access the full video playlist of the Sound Travels: Music Connections between Asia and Africa exhibition featuring performances by:

Sumangala Damodaran,
Sazi Dlamini,
Neo Muyanga,
Thokozani Mhlambi,
Bronwyn Clacherty,
Ernie Koela,
Mark Aranha,
Rashid Adams,
Ayesha Sheth,
Siyabonga Njica and
SA College of Music World Music Ensemble with Michael Nixon and  Deena Pillai.

Photographs © Paul Weinberg