James Isabirye – Uganda

SELAM Uganda/Kyambogo University

  • Music Education – training musicians to understand their trade
  • 5th May
  • 11 am
  • Uganda Museum

James is a Lecturer of Music and Drama at Kyambogo University, Department of Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Works as National Coordinator for SELAM; a Cultural Development NGO that is based in Stockholm – Sweden, but has branches in Ethiopia and Uganda. SELAM has supported projects in Uganda like the HIPHOP Canvas 2005 and 2010, audio producers’ workshops on Logic 9, music seminars and created networks for various actors in the cultural industries. Currently SELAM is involved in the Urban Kampala Project.

James is Secretary of the National Council of Folklorists of Uganda – NACOFU; a local NGO that coordinates village music and dance troupes and other persons interested in folklore across the country. He is working with Basoga communities to revive Bigwala royal music and dance with support from UNESCO, has worked with last surviving Entenga royal drums player of Buganda kingdom to train youth in this idiom in partnership with Singing Wells, Ketebul Music and Abubilla Music. He has co-organized village music and dance festivals across the country (2005 – 2013) with support from Senator. James has presented academic papers at International Council for Traditional Music and other conferences at Fouzhou and Quanzhou (China) 2004, Sheffield (UK) 2005, Shanghai (China) 2013 and Nairobi (Kenya) 2015. He attended Womex 2009, Copenhagen (Denmark) as well as workshops and meetings in Sweden, Norway, Tanzania, Ethiopia and other countries.