This project is the initiative of ICMuS Senior Lecturer Dr Nanette De Jong, and emerges out of her ethnomusicological researches into African and Afro-Caribbean musical cultures. Her fieldwork on African ritual established a social infrastructure that facilitated this major intervention. Through partnerships with local cultural sectors and NGOs in Southern Africa, SACL is changing people’s lives both economically and in terms of their well being. A distinctive element of SACL is Dr De Jong’s collaboration with community members in the research process itself, by way of co-authored articles. ICMuS undergraduates have also participated in cultural exchanges with SACL.