Director General of CBAAC, Prof. Tunde Babawale
The Centre for Black African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) has said it would establish an outreach centre at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Director General of CBAAC, Prof. Tunde Babawale, gave the indication in Port Harcourt at the celebration of Black History Month jointly organised by CBAAC and the Department of Music, Uniport.
Babawale expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the department in the promotion of African music and culture and said his centre would further cement the bond between the institutions.
“Promoting African music is like promoting our culture which is in line with the collaboration would be formalised through the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the university.
Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Joseph Ajienka, in his opening remarks at the maiden African Composers Summit which was part of the celebration, also said it was necessary to celebrate and promote African music and culture.
He said the university had already established two professorial chairs; the Harcourt Whyte chair on African Choral Music and the Rex Lawson chair on Highlife Music, to promote African music.
He also said the university had established an art village, adding that the conference on African compositions was worth celebrating. In his welcome address, the Head, Department of Music, Uniport, Professor Onyee Nwankpa, said the summit was “intended to involve the academia and non-academia in exchange of ideas and scholarship” on African music.
He said, “It is intended that modules and methods of musical creativity as a document for educational development will emerge at the end of this summit leading to the production of a study guide in music creativity and industrial innovation, as well as software development, computer music and instrument technology for Africans by Africans.”