WESeminar – Finding the Spirit of Inanga: African Musical Instruments Exhibition Tour and Demonstration

Friday, May 24, 2024, 2-3pm

Olin Library 014

The World Music Archives & Music Library at Wesleyan University, in collaboration with PVD World Music Institute (Providence, RI), is currently hosting the exhibition Finding the Spirit of Inanga: Musical Instruments from Africa in Olin Library. Come see and hear some of the instruments up close, and learn about photogrammetry, a technique for creating 3D models of objects. Chance Kinyange, current MA student in World Music and founder of the Institute, will talk about the design and history of this hybrid physical/digital exhibition, and library staff member Charlie Coffey will discuss 3D modeling of the instruments on display and other digital elements.

Finding the Spirit of Inanga takes visitors on a spectacular journey through empires, technologies, and traditions, featuring the inanga, a unique and significant musical instrument played by people from across the Great Lakes region of Africa, as well as other instruments from around the continent. Curating this exhibition and related events is a part of PVD World Music Institute’s ongoing mission to celebrate, promote and enrich the musical traditions and arts of African refugees and immigrants for present and future generations.

Chance Kinyange installs the exhibition

Check out the exhibition’s online multimedia component, also curated by Chance Kinyange, which showcases the 3D models and audio and video examples. Click here to go directly to the 3D model of the inanga.

Charlie Coffey will explain the modeling process, from taking a “simple” photograph (well, hundreds of photographs) to stitching them together into a rotating model.