I am a South African music scholar and writer who has written about South African twentieth-century composition, exile, archiving, language politics, music and apartheid and university institutional transformation.
Music studies in South Africa has, over the last two decades, sought to liberate methodological approaches from (sub)disciplinary enclaves. I have been closely involved in this process through my roles in the establishment of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) in 2006, the Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS) at Stellenbosch University in 2005 and the Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation at Stellenbosch University in 2016. Institutionally, my work with DOMUS led, amongst others, to the research project on the EOAN opera company in Cape Town, which culminated in an oral history (EOAN – Our Story) and a film (An Inconsolable Memory). Among the research produced by the AOI, is the digitally curated journal herri (see https://herri.org.za/9/). My own research and work with postgraduate students have pioneered creative-led approaches to research in composition, visual arts and performance, and in my own work in biography and fiction.