Discover Musical Bows Online

An online resource for the appreciation of Bow Music Instrumentation in all it’s forms.

”The diversity of musical bow practices throughout the world conveys the richness and diversity of human cultures.”

Bow Music Foundation seeks to consolidate international cooperative networks that generate and organize opportunities for creative projects, performances, publications, research, and worldwide recognition for bow music and bow musicians. The organization makes the case for the often-marginalized people and the communities that produce this music. BMF offers a voice to the under-represented through a demonstrated respect for the musical artistry of individual musicians. The Foundation recognizes and builds upon the vast research compiled and organized by a wide body of scholars. It brings awareness to the excellent musicianship of many elder players in diverse cultures throughout southern Africa and more broadly throughout the world. Its regular conferences serve as the focal gathering for the worldwide network of bow enthusiasts, musicians, and researchers. The demonstrated success of the first Conference in 2016 represents a promising beginning to the realization of the goals stated herein.


  • Arcomusical support fund for bow musicians
    An extract from the Arcomusical newsletter
  • Discover Akuna’nkomo
    Gogo Mphila and Moses Phayinaphu Mncina are two musicians from the small African country of Swaziland. Gogo Mphila plays the tall makhoyane gourd-resonated musical bow and Mcina accompanies her on his umtshingosi bark flute. These two artists live in Nswangwini, Hhohho. ‘Akuna’nkomo’ is their debut duo album.
  • Discover Bashayi Bengoma
    Bashayi Bengoma is an ensemble of traditional musicians from across Swaziland. Comprised of some of the country’s finest instrumentalists and singers, Bashayi is a collaborative project which involves rare live performances, workshops, and instrument demonstrations. These artists have joined forces to bring the timeless sounds of instruments such as the makhoyane and infiliji to urban audiences.