The first Global Music Campus

The South East African Global Music Campus is the oldest of the Global Music Campus projects. The Global Music Academy was approached by Music Crossroads International (MCI) in Brussels in 2012.

MCI was developing the Music Crossroads Academies Project in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In each of the countries the aim was to develop a Music Academy offering a professional music training for aspiring young musicians in the region using an accredited program but focussed on the music of the region.

Since 2012 there have been 5 Campuses in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The 6th is due to take place in Malawi in October/November 2017.

To date a group of musicians from each country has received intensive training in the core curriculum which the GMA has developed which includes core musical skills and well as instrument training and pedagogy. For more information see the curriculum development link of the website.

2 year curriculum

Each Academy now has a 2 year curriculum focussing on Afro-Fusion and Afro-Jazz and they are attracting many young musicians because of the quality of the program and the teachers. In the second phase of development the Campus program in South East Africa will increasingly focus on documenting the music traditions in the region to create new curriculum for use in the Academies.

The Academies are supported through a grant from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. For more information about the Music Crossroads Academies please look at the partners section of the website.

2017 Campus Malawi

The 6th South East African Global Music Campus will run from the 27th of October to the 11th of November. In this Campus the group of 30 participants from Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe will work on the third year of the curriculum currently being developed and will also receive intensive training in documentation.

To this end a group of drummers will be invited to the Campus where the participants will learn how to document the traditional rhythms on video, transcribe the rhythms and accompanying songs and develop them into teaching materials using both worksheets and video teaching materials.

There will be two concerts during the Campus, the first will be held in Mchinje itself, the second will take place at the end of the Campus on Lake Malawi at Senga Bay. Here the participants will perform themselves as well as with the Guardians of Culture they have been working with. They will also have the opportunity to perform together with some of the best known names in Malawian music.


The South East African Campus started in 2012 in Soweto, South Africa with participants from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

The Campus was held in 2012 and 2013 in South Africa before moving to Harare in Zimbabwe in 2014. At this point the countries from East Africa had decided to develop their own campus because of the logistical problems involved in transporting participants to Southern Africa.

As a result of the decision to develop a separate East African Campus, the South East African Campus focussed on Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique from 2014 onwards. From 2014 to 2016 the Campus was held in Harare, Zimbabwe every year. In October 2017 it will move to Mchinje in Malawi.

The countries participating in the Campus in South East Africa are Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique.

2012 Global Music Campus in Soweto


The South East African Global Music Campus is supported by: