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AHRC Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance

Project 2, convened by Keith Howard (, with DVD production coordinated by Sarah Bilby (, aims to record and produce ten audio CDs and five DVDs that couple performance to extensive high quality documentation in a manner that complements each constituent research project and addresses inadequacies in current recordings.

Two primary concerns exist: the first is to support other Centre projects, but at the same time they are a significant output medium that functions as a series with a distinct identity. The second concern is a reflection on the poor documentation that accompanies most commercial CDs, which we challenge by constructing extensive documentation in collaboration with performers.

Audio CDs are recorded and mastered during the residency of performer-researchers. The Centre distributes review copies (in accordance with MCPS norms) and reviews are used to acquire feedback. The development of CDs and DVDs takes place within specific time frames (as specified in individual projects), and DVDs where appropriate include links to websites.

'Zimbabwean Mbira Music on an International Stage: Chartwell Dutiro's Life in Music' (extracts)

Edited by Chartwell Dutiro & Keith Howard

The papers included here complement those to be published in book form, with the CD Taanerimwe (SOASIS-03). These form a set of papers about experiencing Zimbabwean music, and extending Chartwell's ideas about copyright, education, and Bira ceremonies. There is a link from the book to this site. The book will initiate a series of books packaged with either a CD or a DVD sponsored by the AHRC Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance. The book, of the same title, will be published by Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Aldershot, in 2006. The contents file details both the contents of the book and gives the CD track listings. The preface introduces the collaborative project that has resulted in these articles, and gives background to Chartwell and to the series. Each file contained here can be downloaded. Please Email the Research Centre ( for more information about the book and CD.