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Spirituality and Music Education

Perspectives from Three Continents


Edited By June Boyce-Tillman

This book is the product of a long journey by a company of academics and practitioners sharing a common interest, titled the Spirituality and Music Education Group (SAME). It started at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Bologna in 2008, with its first gathering in Birmingham in 2010. This book is a product of the various meetings of this group. Since the group formed, the notion of spirituality has been struggling to find a way through the dominant ideology of secularisation in the West to a place in a post-secularising world.

This book concentrates on examining this issue from the position of music educators on three continents. This process can be defined as both separate from as well as part of the dominant Christian and humanist traditions, whatever is appropriate in a particular culture. The book represents a fascinating array of lenses through which to examine the many and complex strands within the concept of spirituality.

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12 The Manifestation of the Philosophy of Ubuntu on Bhaca Music and Social Structure (Phiwe Ndodana Makaula)


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12 The Manifestation of the Philosophy of Ubuntu on Bhaca Music and Social Structure


I am intimately familiar with the music and culture of the Bhaca tribe of the Mount Frere region of the Eastern Cape in the Republic of South Africa, because I am a member of this grouping. I was born in Mount Frere and have lived there for eleven years. I still frequently visit Mount Frere. In this study, I will explore Ubuntu as a key catalyst for music and culture of the Bhaca people. The main question I would like to see answered is: Does the philosophy of Ubuntu have any influence on the structure of music of the Bhaca people of the Mount Frere region in the Eastern Cape Province in the Republic of South Africa, and how does music help to promote the culture and the philosophy of Ubuntu? Sub-questions are as follows:

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