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Associate Professor, Department of Music, University of Venda

Madimabe Mapaya holds a PhD in African Studies and specialises in mmino wa setšo (Indigenous African music) and its implications on African musicology. He is currently Head of the Music Department and a founding member of the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project at the University of Venda. Apart from his university duties, Mapaya is a performing musician with several albums to his name. He is the author of Music of Bahananwa. He currently serves as a scientific editor of the ‘Cultures of Limpopo’ publication in which he authored a chapter on dipela tša harepa. He guest-edited several journals and also took part in the writing of the country’s Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement on music.


  • –present
    Lecturer, Department of Music, University of Venda
  • –present
    Senior lecturer and head of Department of Music, University of Venda

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Associate Professor, Department of Music
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation