Scholar: Andrew Tracey
Born: 5.5.1936, Durban, South Africa, Father: (Dr.) Hugh Tracey (1903-1977), pioneer in African music research, founder of African Music Society, International Library of African Music, African Musical Instruments Ltd.
Family: Married 1966 to HEATHER (Beard, b. 1936), 2 children:
MARY CLARE 1967, B.Sc.Rhodes Univ, M.Sc, Lincoln Univ, Ph.D. Otago Univ. Married Ian Craigen 1991, living in New Zealand
GEOFFREY 1972, B.Mus. (Ethnomusicology), UKZN; Instructor in African music, Rhodes Univ. Qualified ‘Thokoza’ sangoma/healer.
Education: Durban Prep. High School C Charterhouse (England) C Oxford Univ: MA Social Anthropology, French, German
Ph.D. (Honoris Causa), 1995, Univ of Natal, Durban
Premier’s Arts & Culture Lifetime Achievement Award, E,Cape Govt, 2002
1960 Took part in founding Kwanongoma College of African Music, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
1961 to date: field research into African music in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, South Africa, Namibia, focussing on playing technique of members of the mbira and xylophone families.
1977 to 2005, Director of International Library of African Music, Rhodes University, research institute and archive of African music, and Editor of its journal, African Music.
Lecturer at Universities in South Africa, Zimbabwe, USA, Germany, Portugal, schools and societies, TV & radio.
Numerous publications, recordings, films on African music.
1962-1968 Musical director and performer in >Wait a Minim’, South African stage show which played 7 years in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
1969 to date: Director of Andrew Tracey Steelband, performances nation-wide from 1970 onwards. 2004 was the 25th consecutive year of the band at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.Director of African Musical Instruments (cc), Grahamstown, manufacturers of African and African-derived musical instruments, developed new instruments for manufacture.
Chief Adjudicator: S.A. Breweries/S.A. Choral Music Association National Choral Eisteddfod;
Adjudicator: Roodepoort International Eisteddfod, E,Cape EisteddfodPlays, teaches and makes many musical instruments, African & Western
Speaks 7 African and European languages.
Trustee: Arts & Culture Trust, South Africa.