MUSIC CROSSROADS CREATIVE TRAINING CAMPUS 2012 - 2017
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 (GMA) 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. The GMA became the pedagogical partner in the project, responsible for curriculum development and teacher training.
Since 2012 there have been 7 Campuses in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The 8th was scheduled to take place in Mozambique in April 2020 but due to Covid 19 it has been postponed until 2021.
To date a group of musicians from each country have received intensive training in the core curriculum which the GMA has developed. This includes core musical skills and well as instrument training and pedagogy.
For more information see the curriculum development section.
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.
2016 - 2017
Creative Training for Youth: Europe – Africa
In 2016 Music Crossroads International won an EU Erasmus+ grant to continue and complete the training in the 2nd year of the program. Two Campuses were held in Harare in Zimbabwe in 2016 and in Mchinji in Malawi in 2017. The project was selected as a “Success Story” by a panel of experts from the European Commission.
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. In 2014 to 2015 the Campus was held in Harare, Zimbabwe. The countries participating in the Campus in South East Africa are Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique.