Acting Director: Eastern Cape Audio – Visual Centre (South Africa)
Dr. Zoliswa Twani has a strong academic background as the Head of Department and senior lecturer at the University of Fort Hare in the Alice and East London campuses. She has been seconded since 01 March 2017 to be the current Acting Director of the Miriam Makeba /Eastern Cape Audio – Visual Centre (ECAVC).
She has a PhD in Musicology from the University of Witwatersrand (WITS). She studied music at Rhodes; University of Pretoria and Wits with a Certificate in Management Practice from Rhodes University. Her field of expertise is mainly History of Music in: Western Music History, World Music, African and South African Music. Her qualifications, experience and contribution in Education, Community Engagement and the Music Industry in general, spans over a period of 29 years as a researcher, external examiner, adjudicator and evaluator of academic programs. She is no stranger to South African Jazz as she grew up to the jam sessions and rehearsals of the African Quavers in her home in Duncan Village where her father, Mthuthuzeli Fikelepi, under the leadership of Jazz greats like Sax-O-Wills Mbali played drums and the double bass.
She has facilitation and adjudication experience in a number of musical genres for a variety of organisations and departments such as the National Choir Festival/Old Mutual – Regional and National; South African Tertiary Institutions Choral Associations (SATICA); Provincial and National ABC Motsepe Foundation Eisteddfod, previously known as South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE); Eastern Cape OR Tambo Festival/ ECCMA and Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC); Twelfth Apostolic Church Competitions (TACC); Methodist Church Choir Competitions; Marimba Education Foundation for the 2013 Soweto International Marimba Festival; Adjudicator for the 2013 Summer Season of the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality; Eastern Cape Province SADTU Competitions and Department of Correctional Services Offenders Choir Competitions.
Her recent accolades include Adjudication and Facilitation of the Melting Pot /OR Tambo Festival in the Eastern Cape and she is heading the Music Development Office of the Guild of Choral and Indigenous Music Practitioners in the Eastern Cape (GCIMP-EC). Her interdisciplinary approach to research and published articles is on music and values; music and language; music and gender; music and politics and music and identity with a chapter on music and renewal of identities in a South African prison in the book: Music and Identity – Transformation and Negotiation (African Sun Media Pty Ltd). Her book Music behind bars – empowering and rehabilitating offenders has been recently (2017) published by Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP).