School of Arts and Media
Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, World Music and Composition
Jostine Loubser is an Ethnomusicologist in the School of Arts & Media. Her research is focussed on Cape Jazz, Afrocentricity and its application to African situations (as opposed to North American frameworks). Further research interests include Capoeira, ‘Music/Movement, Space and Place’ and concepts of Play. She has, over the years, contributed to the development of popular music education at Salford University through the introduction of a number of modules and students’ professional development. She is also keen pianist, vocalist and capoeirista.
Jostine leads a variety of projects in the university; all closely linked to her research interests. The longest running of these is the Professional Development Week; a week long seminar and workshop week, aimed at music students to ensure their on-going professional development. The week boasts, on average, 26 sessions that are focussed on future, post-graduate training and work possibilities, as well as Master Classes and research-based workshops.
A key project that shows Jostine’s love of “world music” is the UoS Festival of International Music and Dance. Now in its 4th year, it has grown from a one day festival, called Muslim World Music Day – as part of a project run by the ARChive of Popular Music in New York, to a two day festival that serves as the culmination of a semester-long out-reach project. The festival has been well received as its April 2013 photographs show.
Jostine is also a key member in the organization of the Black History Month celebrations for the university. Past events include research seminars, fundraising events (for Oxfam and Playing for Change), workshops and invited speakers – such as Dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and film-maker Robert Beckford. The new programme [for October 2013] is currently being developed to commemorate the jubilee of Martin Luther King’s ‘I had a Dream’ address from August 1963.
Areas of research
Identity, Diversity & Diverse Communities, Diaspora, Ethnomusicology & World Music, BAME & Afrocentricity
- International Music (“World” Music)
- Composition and Popular Musicology (Identity, Race & Ethnicity in Popular Music contexts)
- Music and Identity as represented in Cape Jazz and the Music from the Western Cape (South Africa)
- Place and concepts of Play
- B.Mus (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa)
- M.Mus - Ethnomusicology (Goldsmith Colege, University of London)