About the Journal

Journal History

African Music is an annual, peer-reviewed, accredited, academic journal established in 1954 by Hugh Tracey, founder of the International Library of African Music. The journal publishes original articles, not previously published, pertaining to contextualized studies of African music and related arts. Since it was re-launched in 2007 it features a CD compilation of audio examples illustrating the articles in each edition, which generally consists of field recordings from the article authors' research.

Abbreviation: Afr. music


African Music is accredited by:

* The South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) since 2010.

* The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science in the BFI (Bibliometriske Forskningsindikator) list.

Accessibility (Subscription & Open Access)

African Music is a subscription-based journal. An embargo period of two-years is applied. All content prior to the latest two issues is made openly accessible to the public.

Peer Review Process

The Editor welcomes submissions of article manuscripts and book, film, CD and DVD reviews. Submissions should be sent as Word documents via email to the editor at l.watkins@ru.ac.za and follow guidelines for submission. Requests for advertising in the journal should be addressed to the editor at l.watkins@ru.ac.za.