International Network for the Study of African Musical Traditions
Crossed views on the dances of European and African oral traditions

The project aims to carry out networking activities, in order to promote cooperation between the participating institutions in the long term.

The RIETMA project – Réseau international d'étude des traditions musicales africaines – aims to carry out networking activities in order to promote long-term cooperation between the participating institutions. The theme of the project addresses the problems of the representation of the "Other" through the musical heritage of Africa and Europe. Experience has shown that, although the notions of North-South co-creation are intensifying in the field of representations and the research themes are often similar (e.g. the study of transformations in musical traditions), the ways of representing the Other in the two hemispheres do not fully correspond. This project focuses on issues of representation in order to better match the contemporary and reciprocal issues of the partner institutions and to provide a dynamic description of the other questions its role as a medium between the audience and the source communities. The working method consists of the organization of workshops in the North and the South during which field work will be carried out based on musical representations from Africa and Europe that will be recorded and filmed in order to mount an audiovisual exhibition that would allow the points of view of curators, researchers, musicians and cultural professionals to be cross-referenced.

Principal investigator:


2018 2020

Museum staff:

External collaborators:

Arnold AGANZE– Nyege Nyege Festival, Jinja (Uganda);
Stéphane COLIN – Musée des instruments de musique, Brussels (Belgique) ;
Derek DEBRU– Nyege Nyege Festival, Jinja (Uganda);
Camille DEVINEAU – Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France) ;
Susanne FÜRNISS – CNRS - Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France) ;
Eveline KOHO KABOU - Musée de la Musique, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso);
Larissa NZANG METOGO - Musée National du Gabon, Libreville (Gabon) ;
Saskia WILLAERT – Muziekinstrumentenmuseum, Brussels (België).
Sylvie LE BOMIN – Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France) ;
Matthieu THONON – Muziekinstrumentenmuseum, Brussels (België);