Oladele Ayorinde

Oladele Ayorinde

Visiting Assistant Professor, Folklore and Ethnomusicology


  • Ph.D., University of the Witwatersrand, 2022
  • MMus, Stellenbosch University, 2017
  • BMus, University of Cape Town, 2015
  • B.A., University of Education, Winneba, 2012

Research interests

  • Ethnography of African musics and cultures
  • Music and political economy of everyday life
  • African music: practices and performance cultures
  • Economic ethnomusicology
  • African popular music and music industries
  • Cultural policy and management
  • Applied Ethnomusicology, music and social transformation
  • Sound Studies, accoustemology of cities and urban life
  • Music documentation and archive management
  • Belonging and conviviality: festival cultures of the African/black diaspora

Courses recently taught

  • Introduction to World Music & Culture
  • Economic Ethnomusicology
  • Popular Music and Everyday Life in Contemporary Africa
  • The Sound World and Music in/from the Global South
  • Music and Society in West Africa
  • Critical Music Studies: Concepts and Contexts

Publication highlights