Dr. James Makubuya joined the Music Department at Wabash College in July 2000, and his impact on the department has been strong and positive. At Wabash, he started the World Music program that included a number of new World music courses and Wamidan, the World Music Performance ensemble. In addition to endongo (8-string bowl lyre) as his main instrument, Dr. Makubuya is proficient in several other East African traditional instruments including tube fiddles, bow harps, thumb pianos, xylophones, panpipes, flutes and drums. Dr. Makubuya's geographical area of research is East Africa with a focus on organology and cultural context of music. He is an active participant in national and international professional societies including the Galpin Society, International Council for Traditional Music and Society for Ethnomusicology. As a professional musician, James has performed in Carnegie Hall, Eastman School of Music, Brooklyn Academy of Music, etc. A recording artist as well, James has been featured in several documentaries and six studio CD publications.
University of California, Los Angeles, CA. Ph.D. (Ethnomusicology), 1995
Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. M. Mus. (Western Music / Music Education), 1988
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. B.A. (Music, English Literature), 1980
MUS 056-Wamidan World Music Ensemble
MUS 102-World Music
MUS 202-Instruments and Culture
MUS 287-Independent Study
MUS 313-Seminar in Music History
November 11-14, at the 55th Annual Conference for the Society of Ethnomusicology, Los Angeles,CA., I read a paper and seved on the panel with the theme, "African Music in the American Academy: Challenges and Directions."
November 8-9, at the 50th Anniversary AlumniSymposium for the UCLA Ethnomuscology Department, Westwood, CA, I presented, read a paper and discussed my research findings with regard to "The Effects of Bi-musicality in Ethnomusicology Fieldwork."
August 6-8, during the summer weekend, I participated in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico. I did that by playing the adungu (9-string bow harp), and endongo (8-string bowl lyre), in collaboration with Wu Man on the pipa (Chinese lute), Lee Knight on the Applachian banjo and musical bow, as well as Julian Kytasty on the bandura (Ukranian lute).
July 12, at the Lew Wallace Museum, Crawfordsville, IN., , I directed a whole day's Summer Workshop for elementary and high school students. I exposed and introduced them to basic performance skills on African drums and the Aije (harvest) community dance of the Acholi people.
April 15-17, at the Annual Africa Network Conference, Denison University, Granville, OH., I presented and read a paper, "Building Courses on Africa in the Humanities and Fine Arts."I also served as a panelist on the same panel.
January 22, at the invitation of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York, USA, I performed a concert on three musical instruments. The three included: endongo (8-string bowl lyre), adungu (9-string bow-harp), and endingidi (1-string tube fiddle). In this concert, I collaborated with Wu Man playing the pipa (Chines lute), and Lee Knight playing the Appalachian banjo and musical bow.
Mweesiima. Uganda Martyrs. Recorded by Siteaw, Inc., and Mike Perry of Lightining Struck Studios Clayton, IN (2010)
Mapeera. Recorded by Siteaw, Inc., and Mike Perry of Lightining Struck Studios Clayton, IN (2010)
Dreaming. Recorded by Siteaw, Inc., and Mike Perry of Lightining Struck Studios Clayton, IN (2009)
Wu Man and Friends. Produced by Harold G. Hagopian. Recorded and published by Traditional Crossroads Record. New York, NY. (2006)
Watik, Watik. Fourteen pieces. Published by the Latitudes Record Label. Charlotte, NC. (2000)
“Endingidi (Tube Fiddle of Uganda): Its Adaptation and Significance among the Baganda.” The Galpin Society Journal, Vol. LIII, (2000), pp. 140-155.
“The Ndongo Bowl Lyre of the Baganda of Uganda: An Examination of its Sonic Properties,” African Music. Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 7, No. 4 (1999), pp. 22-28.
Taata Wange (My Dad). Fifteen pieces. Recorded and Published by Infinite Sound Studio and Samite Artistic Productions, Ithaca, NY. (1997).