North America (FESAAM 2004) | Africa (FESAAM 2005)  


Conference Theme: Fela Sowande 1905-1987 with the following sub-themes


Personal - chronological - timeline  

Presentation by colleagues and former students of Sowande

Presentation by family members and relatives

Sowande’s impact on individuals, peoples, and events illustrated by

      diaries and letters, field recordings, photographs, news articles, etc.                                    


Perspectives of outside events and their impact on his thinking and work e.g. Civil Rights Movement, WWII, Nigeria’s independence.



Compositions by chronology and/or by genre, theme


Choral works

Organ works

Solo works, etc.

      Philosophical writings



Publications and writings about Sowande

Publications and writings by Sowande

      Source materials from

Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria, Europe, African American culture, The Americas, Jazz, etc., Commercial and documentary photographic and film sources, Commercial and field recordings



Representative from one or more of Sowande's publishers to give their views of Sowande’s works to be:

-         reprinted

-         reissued in a new edition

-         a new publication (s)

-         an anthology of his works in multiple volumes e.g. choral, organ, etc. 


Abstracts should be relevant to the life and work of Fela Sowande. Maximum length is 250 words. E-mail submission and postmark deadline for submission of abstracts is

Tuesday August 31, 2004.            USA    event
Thursday November 30, 2004
    Nigeria event  

Indicate what presentation format you are submitting and at which venue (US, Nigeria):


Individual paper presentations are 20-minutes long and will be followed by a 10-minute discussion.

            Single paper




Organized sessions:

Panels - Up to 2-hours consisting of three to four 15 to 20 minute presentations with an introduction by the chair or statement by a discussant. Panel abstracts will be evaluated individually as well as collectively. A 250-word maximum abstract should describe the rationale for the panel as a whole to be accompanied by individual abstracts each with a 250-word maximum. Abstracts are to be submitted by the panel chair to be evaluated individually as well as collectively.      

Forums/Roundtables - Up to 2-hours providing opportunities for participants to discuss with each other and with members of the audience. Should include 4-5 participants with session organizer soliciting 15 minute position papers from each participant. A 250-word maximum abstract outlining the purpose/agenda, session organization, and anticipated contributions of its members should be submitted by the session organizer.

Films and Videos - Scheduled for 2-hour periods. 250-word maximum abstract describing the subject and list of participants involved in the film or video.


Guidelines for submission

1) Abstracts should demonstrate a clear focus or statement about some aspect related to or relevant to Fela Sowande, a coherent argument, knowledge of previous research, and a statement of the implications for future studies.

2) For those who need more information about Fela Sowande, we strongly recommend that you access the biographical data on Sowande provided by Godwin Sadoh at http://people.africadatabase.org/people/profiles/profilesforperson15671.html and Dominique René de Lerma at http://www.africanchorus.org/Artists/Sowande.htm

3) Abstracts written in another language other than English e.g. Yoruba, should have in addition the abstract also translated into English or submitted together with a summary written in English

4) We will consider multiple submissions for the same title or different title e.g. for the same or different venues, if, where, or when it is appropriate (e.g. J. H. Kwabena. Nketia or Wole Soyinka giving speeches) and/or if there is sufficient time available (e.g. showing the same film at different venues).

5) Type your name and affiliation in the top left-hand corner of the abstract. Below your name put your E-mail address, mailing address, and phone number. Then triple space down and type your paper title or name of the panel/session, then double space before beginning the body of the abstract.  Abstracts should be typed, single-spaced.

6) 250-word maximum length abstract.

7) Submit abstracts by E-mail or email attachment or postal mail. E-mail should be written and sent in 2004 by March 31 or May 31 or July 30th as noted in the E-mail submission. Postal mailing must be postmarked by August 31, 2004 (USA) or  September 30, 2004 (Nigeria).

8) Abstract proposals will be evaluated by the ICMAD Editorial Committee. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed or mailed the week of  August 31, 2004 (USA FESAAM 2004),  or November 30, 2004 (Nigeria FESAAM 2005). Details will follow for the venue(s) you have selected.

9a) E-mail address for Submission. Send abstracts to the Chair of the Editorial Committee at:                        

            Cynthia Tse Kimberlin                  cyntse@comcast.net                 


9b) Mailing address for Submission. Send one hardcopy of the abstract to:

Cynthia Tse Kimberlin, Ph.D.
Music Research Institute
ATTN: Sowande abstracts
POB 70362
Point Richmond,
CA 94807-0362 USA


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