Mapping Migrant Voices

Mapping the music of Manchester's migrant communities

Funded by Arts Council England, Mapping Migrant Voices is desktop app which will map diverse music(s) and oral histories from migrant diaspora living in Manchester. By presenting region-specific examples of music drawn from real-life individuals, Mapping Migrant Voices aims to encourage thoughtful engagement with music(s) from other cultures and to counter the othering often accidentally reinforced by projects describing non-western ‘world music’.

Led by OMF and researchers from across the UK, the project will collect and catalogue recordings of performances and/or transcriptions of music from Manchester's migrant communities, alongside oral histories of the people they belong to. 

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from migrant musicians and/or individuals with connections to migrant musical communities living in or from Manchester, who would be interested in being interviewed by one of our researchers. If you'd like to get involved, please send us a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible :)


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Meet our Research Team


Sam Amusan

Samuel Amusan is an independent researcher in Ethnomusicology with major interest in Music and Spirituality. Having settled in Manchester since 2007, Sam has developed interest in the multicultural nature of the city with particular interest in how this is reflected in the musical voice of the city as represented in the cultural museums and various performance stages in Manchester.

Since the completion of his PhD at the University of Manchester in Ethnomusicology, with a thesis on ‘Music and Spirit Possession in Yorùbá Music’, Sam has sought for ways in which the multicultural nature of music making in Manchester can be amplified within the city cultural spaces including the museums, city entertainment hubs, festivals and other often obscure performance stages.

Sam has, since his settlement in Manchester directed community and church choirs where intercultural music has been performed using multicultural musical instruments. Sam would be interested in meeting and collecting music from multicultural worship and traditional music groups in Manchester, with the aim of knowing the ways in which their music and musical performances have been affected by the city as opposed to what obtains in their original homelands.

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