Andrew Tracey

Andrew Tracey

Andrew Tracey, born 5 May 1936, Durban, South Africa, is an ethnomusicologist, promoter of African Music, composer, folk singer, band leader, and actor. His father, Hugh Tracey (1903–1977), pioneered the study of traditional African music in the 1920s – 1970s, created the International Library of African Music (ILAM) in 1954, and started the company African Musical Instruments (AMI) which manufactured the first commercial kalimbas in the 1950s. Andrew Tracey continued and complemented the work of his father Hugh Tracey in a variety of ways. With brother Paul Tracey, he co-wrote and performed in the world musical revue Wait a Minim which traveled around the world for seven years. With his father and brother Paul, Andrew wrote the first instructional materials for the Hugh Tracey kalimbas which were being sent around the world in the 1960s. Upon his father's death in 1977, Andrew took over his father's role as director of ILAM, which he filled until his retirement in 2005; after Hugh's death and until her own retirement in 1999, Andrew's wife Heather Tracey was director of AMI.