Gerhard Kubik will present the 1998 Charles Seeger Lecture at the 43rd
Annual Meeting of the Society in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday,
October 24, 1998. He is well known to scholars of African music for his
extensive field research in southern and central Africa. Beginning in
1959, he carried out research projects in sixteen African countries as
well as in Venezuela and Brazil. His most focused work has been in
Malawi. In a performing role, he has also performed and toured with the
Kachamba Brother’s Band, a kwela ensemble.
As a result
of the numerous field research trips, Kubik has collected and documented
over 26,000 items of music and oral data, of which some archival copies
are available in the Phonogrammarchiv Vienna and the Museum für
Völkerkunde in Berlin. He presently teaches at the University of Vienna
in Austria and the University of Mainz in Germany.
years, Kubik has visited the United States frequently. In 1993 he held a
Senior Research Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in
1997 he was awarded a Rockefeller Research Fellowship at the Center for
Black Music Research, Columbia College in Chicago. Other countries have
recognized his scholarship as well. He has been elected to an Honorary
Fellowship of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and
Ireland, as well as awarded the Körner Foundation Prize in Vienna and
made a life affiliate of the Centre for Social Research, University of
Malawi. Kubiks’ numerous publications range from a two-volume Theory of African Music (Berlin: International Institute for Traditional Music) in 1994 to a one hour video, African Guitar (Sparta, New Jersey: Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop, 1995).