The Bureau for the Development of African Musicology (BDAM) is a private independent, research-oriented outfit founded by Prof. Femi Adedeji and saddled with the responsibility of filling necessary vacuum in African Music scholarship. It consists of interested music scholars from different parts of Africa. It has been discovered that the development of African Musicology needs to be shouldered by Africans in whose blood and spirit the music indwells. There have been so many misconceptions, misrepresentations and over generalizations about what African music is. Besides, myriad of problems in the study of African Musicology need to be tackled at the grassroots level by the owners of the music.
These are underlying principles that guide the operations of BDAM. Dr. H.O. Odwar was the first President of the Bureau (2006-2008). Dr. Rose Omolo-Ongati was the immediate past President and Editor-in- Chief (2009-2014). Currently, Professor ‘Femi Adedeji (the founder) now occupies the position of the President of the Bureau while Professor Mellitus Wanyama will serve as the Editor-in- Chief of the journal. Other African musicology scholars who share the vision are free to join, as associate members.
African Musicology On-Line Journal is registered in Kenya and has been anchored by a member of BDAM in the school of Music & Performing Arts, Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya. It started out of the vision to develop the field of African Musicology by Africans themselves. The vision was born in Malaysia in 2006 when few African Musicologists met to form the Bureau for the Development of African Musicology. Hence, the Editorial Board are drawn from all over Africa. The Journal, the frequency of which is subject to availability of peer reviewed works, publishes quality well-researched articles.
The aims and objective of African Musicology Online are as follows:
• To serve as the African voice in the field of Musicology at the international level.
• To publish original research papers and reviews by Africans on their own music (encompassing all categories of African music).
• To foster mutual co-operation among African scholars in the field of African Musicology.
• To promote and develop the concept and practice of African Musicology, by Africans.