Dr Nishlyn Ramanna

Job title:

Teaching Fellow in Musicology


Nishlyn is a jazz musician and musicologist. He has previously lectured in musicology and jazz studies at King's College London and Rhodes University, WITS and UKZN in South Africa. He has remained active as a pianist and composer and links to his music may be found on https://twofiveone.org/nr/music/.


Jazz studies, music and migration, South African jazz culture, music research methods, jazz improvisation and composition, the music industries; music and digital culture


To date Nishlyn's research has focused on South African jazz culture, but more generally he is interested in how people's musical experiences as composers, performers and listeners are mediated by their belonging within larger social groupings described by 'race', generation, gender, sexuality, etc. A former editor of South African Music Studies (SAMUS) his writings on South African jazz culture have appeared in book chapters, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed) and the journals SAMUS, Social Dynamics, Transformation, World of Music (new series), Journal of Southern African Studies, Popular Music, Journal of Musical Arts in Africa.

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