Anita Desire Asaasira

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Anita Desire Asaasira

Anita Desire Asaasira is an M A Music (Ethnomusicology) candidate waiting to defend of her dissertation. She is a graduate of Makerere University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. Currently, Asaasira is a Teaching Assistant at the Music Dance and Drama Department of Makerere University and teaches twentieth century music analysis, performance skills and introduction to Ethnomusicology.

She received the Convocation Award as the best student in the humanities during the 50th Makerere University graduation ceremony in March 2006. Asaasira is also one of the students that were awarded scholarships by NORAD Arts and Cultural Education (ACE) Program, a sandwich masters program between the University of Bergen (Norway) and Makerere University in 2007.

Her research interests have been mainly in popular music as indicated by her unpublished works, which include: “Pearl of Africa Music Awards: Political Construction of Popular Music in Uganda” (M A (Music) Dissertation, 2009) and “Popular Music in Mbarara Town: Band Music and Kadongo Kamwe Music” (B A (Music) Dissertation, 2006). Besides her academic work, Asaasira is also a performer of both Western classical and popular music. While in Bergen, she performed with eth New Orleans Church Choir.

Music Archive Interns

The Archive also offers internships to MA in Music and Bachelor of Arts in Music graduates who took courses in music archiving depending on availability of funds. The internship offers these graduates practical skills in the functioning of an audio-visual archive.

Music Archive Interns collect music in the field recordings and process it for archiving. They also organize public exhibitions about their field collections as well as participating in reviewing the documentation of the repatriated collections.