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ICMAD, the International Consortium for Music of Africa & its Diaspora, is an umbrella organization for composers, performers, scholars and promoters who have identified a common responsibility to recognize and preserve cultural heritage, and to develop tools and opportunities for people to transform heritage into contemporary expression... 
-Retha Louise Hofmeyr, Windhoek, Namibia.

Our strength as a consortium rests not only upon collaboration and cooperation among the present generation of the musicians of Africa and its Diaspora, but also on developing and building the strengths of succeeding generations..
Akin Euba, Pittsburgh, PA.

...Friends, I feel Africa is all inclusive - Africans, African-Americans, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Europeans, Afro-Latinos, and all other peoples of African origin or descent... Yes, we have dispersed to every corner of the globe, some by choice and many by force... With ICMAD we have an opportunity to lift up the accomplishments of all who called and call themselves African.
-Lucius Weathersby, New Orleans, LA.

I believe that there is very much scope for us to work together and exchange information... This is one of the most cutting-edge groups of scholars, performers, musicians, promoters... Our ideas can grow and flower, but the focus must stay clear: to encourage performances, broadcasts and recordings of the music of all worthy composers (living or deceased) of African origin or descent. -Mike Wright, Surrey, UK.


Membership in the Consortium is open to all individuals, organizations, institutions, and the general public.


Cynthia Tse Kimberlin, Judith Anne Still, Lucius Weathersby, Wallace Cheatham, Mike Wright,
Retha Louise Hofmeyr, Fred Onovwerosuoke

Honorary Trustees: J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Halim El-Dabh, Julius Karr-Bertoli, Edward Bland, Leo Sarkisian

Director: Fred Onovwerosuoke ("FredO")


ICMAD Secretariat
634 N. Grand Blvd., Suite 1143
St. Louis, Missouri 63103 USA.
Tel: 314-652-6800 Fax:314-652-6444

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