Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can only countries in the SADC region participate in your workshops? No, but countries that may want to participate in the workshop, while not being in the SADC, would have to pay a fee.
2. My country is in the SADC region, but it is not in the list of those which are currently involved in CIIMDA's educational efforts.
a. Are there any plans for it to become a member? The project is actually supposed to cater to all countries in the SADC, but two countries had to be dropped from the program and others approached for the project declined.
b. If not, how can such a process be initiated? Any interested country has to show commitment at the Governmental level, because we need the approval and consent of the Government to be able to carry out the project in any country.
3. I love drumming, but why would I bother with notation when I can play all the examples by ear? The notation is an advancement on the African indigenous music practices. It is there for people who would like to take up the drum as a classical instrument or people involved in music at an academic level. Playing by ear is equally good.
4. Are there any efforts, such as workshops and the like, to provide people living outside of the SADC with the insights gained from the research conducted at CIIMDA? CIIMDA is a research based institution, and the research findings will subsequently be made available for people who might need the information regardless of where they might come from.
5. How does one become a sponsor of this project? The project is already under the sponsorship of the Norwegian Foreign Office till the end of 2008. Plans for continued sponsorship and the nature of sponsorship is currently being discussed.
6. Are the contents of your courses and teaching materials aimed at educating Africans alone, or would people from other cultural backgrounds benefit from this teachings as well? The contents of our courses are based on the Indigenous Knowledge System and Philosophy of Africa, and in as much as we operate with African informed models, the courses will benefit people from any given cultural background.