To understand the harp today, one must look at its roots across Africa and Asia. To tell this musical tale, the Museum welcomes Dr. James Makubuya who will present a concert on the African harp known as the adungu. Born in the East African nation of Uganda, Dr. Makubuya is an accomplished professor, musician, and ethnomusicologist. The diversity of the African harp is spectacular. Researchers have identified nine distinct types of bow harps from Uganda and more than 150 throughout Africa. Join us for this intelligent look into our musical past.
DR. James Makubuya
James K. Makubuya was born and brought up in the culture of the Baganda, in the East African nation of Uganda. He graduated with a B.A. in Music & English Literature (Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda), a Master of Music degree in Western Music (Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., USA), and a Ph.D., in Ethnomusicology (University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA). He is currently an Associate Professor of Music, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana (USA).
An active member of the Africa Network, the Galpin Society, the International Council for Traditional Music, and Society for Ethnomusicology, his research focuses on the organological studies of East Africa. With the endongo (8-string bowl lyre) as his main instrument, James is a proficient performer on several instruments, including the endingidi (1-string tube fiddle), adungu (9-string bow harp), amadinda (12-slab log xylophone), akogo (thumb piano) and engoma (drums). He is also an accomplished dancer and choreographer.