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Lwanga Wins Robert M. Stevenson Prize

Charles Lwanga’s  composition "Best Be" was selected as the 2015 winner of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Robert M. Stevenson Prize. The Stevenson Prize honors ethnomusicologists who are also composers. The prize committee, chaired by Michael Tenzer, described Charles' "Best Be" as "a well-crafted work that subtly evokes numerous issues of  ethnomusicological relevance from the composer's perspective of someone whose own African culture is under pressure from many forces, including tourism, resource exploitation, and the obligations of tradition. The music seamlessly folds in electronic sound, spoken text, and Kiganda grooves." "Best Be" will be performed at the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in Washington, DC.

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