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Brian Schrag (center) with Jean-Pierre Tametsa and Etienne Nota of the Danse Kanoon du Secteur Ntumplefet (Bamiléké Dance Association, Cameroon)
(July 2009) Two SIL ethnomusicologists are presenting papers at a biennial world conference held 1–8 July in Durban, South Africa. The University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, is hosting the conference of the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM).
Ethnomusicology within SIL is concerned not only with research and documentation of music around the world, but also with promoting and encouraging the use of indigenous music to meet contemporary needs within the given society.
The aims of the ICTM are to further the study, practice, documentation, preservation and dissemination of traditional music and dance of all countries. To these ends, the Council organizes meetings, World Conferences, Study Groups and Colloquia. In addition, the Council maintains an active website and a membership directory and supervises the preparation and publication of journals and bulletins.
ICTM world conferences are held biennially and offer the general membership and the public opportunities for exchanges on a broad scope of issues.