The Convenor of the Herbert and Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry has advised that the recording for Dr Ibrahim Abraham’s “Truth and Reconciliation: South Africa and Victoria” webinar given on 8 April, 2021, is now available at
A free Book on African Women:
From the press release:
“In Her Words: African Women’s Perspectives on Gender Equality,” is a collection of essays that are equal parts thought provoking and witty from young women across the African continent and the diaspora.”
“In collaboration with the publication team of Agbowó, this free anthology will be made available to the public on International Women’s Day – March 8th. In the meantime, please follow the journey across the social media channels.”
In its May 2021 Blog Highlights the ANU’s Devpol News has refers to a podcast on Somaliland, a country that does not officially exist. See
Senegambian Rhythmic Traditions, Embodied Knowledge, and Adaptation
Lamine Sonko and King Marong
Date & time: Thursday 20 May 2021, 3.30–5pm
Location: Kingsland Room, Level 6, ANU School of Music
In this research seminar, Lamine Sonko and King Marong will reflect on their longterm engagement with embodied knowledge of ancient rhythmic traditions in West Africa, as well as current research exploring the adaptation of traditional music, dance, and theatre in contemporary Australia. The seminar will include a discussion and live music demonstration.
Lamine Sonko is a composer, director and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Senegal and living in Australia since 2004. In his artistic practice he draws on traditional wisdom to create inter-disciplinary & multi-sensory arts experiences inspired by his cultural background as a Gewel (hereditary cultural role). His role as a Gewel is to be a keeper and communicator of history, customs, rituals and sacred knowledge through music, dance and oral storytelling. Through his work he has defined new ways to present and re-imagine the traditional African, contemporary and classical synthesis of music and theatre. As a composer he has arranged and recorded award-winning music including two compositions for Grammy Award-winning album ‘Winds of Samsara’ (2015). He has composed and directed large scale works including the Boite Millennium Chorus ‘One Africa’ (Arts Centre Melbourne) and has presented and performed throughout Australia and internationally.
Born in The Gambia, King Marong has been performing professionally since the age of 12. King developed his skills in the coastal fishing village where he grew up surrounded by the griots (hereditary musicians) and international musicians who were his mentors for Senegambian drumming and cultural priorities. In his late teens he formed his band Kunta Kinteh and consequently toured The Gambia, Senegal, UK and Europe. King has since built an international reputation as a master of many African drumming styles on instruments such as the Djembe, Boucarabou, Doundoun and Sabar, performing and teaching percussion to students from around the world.
ANU School of Music
Wed 19 May, 6–7.30pm
Join Gambian master percussionist, King Marong, Senegalese multi-instrumentalist, Lamine Sonko, music technology convenor Professor Samantha Bennett, and musicology convenor Dr Bonnie McConnell in ANU’s world class recording studio for a special performance/recording exploring Gambian and Senegalese culture.
Please note places are strictly limited to 25.
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More information on the fourth Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture is available on the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific website http://asiapacific.enu.edu.au
Topic: How to eliminate human trafficking and modern slavery
from our 21st century world.
Speaker: Julie Bishop, Chancellor of ANU and former Australian Foreign Minister.
Date: Thursday, 27 May
Location: Lotus Hall Auditorium Theatre, Australian Centre on China in the World,
Building 188, Fellows Lane, Canberra
This is a free event open to the public. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration is
essential and numbers are limited. Please join us for light refreshments after.
At present there are no plans to stream it
2021 SOUTH AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
12th – 24th May
‘We are bringing to your homes 17 remarkable films’
‘What kind of tickets are available?’
‘You can either buy a Festival Pass which will grant you access to all of the films (A$60 for an individual or A$80 for more than 1 person viewing films), or you can purchase individual tickets for each film you would like to view $8 (for an individual) or $10 (more than 1 person).’
For more information see