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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of South Africa

Dr Akhona Ndzuta is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Chief Albert Luthuli Research Chair, which is at the University of South Africa (UNISA). She researches the intersection of South African music, public policy and cultural management. Her core areas of focus are the labour conditions of South African music practitioners in domestic and international contexts, South African cultural policy foundations and processes, music and cultural diplomacy, as well as cultural administration and entrepreneurship. Her other interests lie in contemporary South African jazz networks. Dr Ndzuta has taught courses in musicology, ethnomusicology, arts administration and cultural studies to undergraduate and (post)graduate students at five universities and has participated in wide-ranging curriculum development projects. She has reviewed articles for scholarly journals including South African Music Studies (SAMUS) and the Journal of Musical Arts in Africa (JMAA), and assessed theses at a number of universities. Her other engagements include education-based cultural activism and public musicology. She holds a PhD from The Ohio State University, an MA from the University of the Witwatersrand and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town and Wits Technikon (now the University of Johannesburg). Dr Ndzuta has been the recipient of several (post)graduate awards, including the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fund, South African National Arts Council International Bursary for Multi-disciplinary Studies, and The Ohio State University’s Barnett Fellowship. She was a contributing editor to the 2021 book 'Culture and Liberation Struggle in South Africa: from colonialism to post-apartheid'. Her current work includes MusoCulture: A Music and Public Policy Series, which is funded by a Catalytic Research grant from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS).


  • 2021–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of South Africa
  • 2019–2020
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Fort Hare


  • 2019 
    The Ohio State University, PhD Arts Administration, Education and Policy

Professional Memberships

  • South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM)