BFE Podcast Project

Publishing on ethnomusicological topics beyond the academic ivory tower? The BFE podcast format makes it possible!

Music affects us all: be that because we are active musicians, because we love listening to music or just because it accompanies us through our daily lives. The BFE believes that research on music of the world by researchers from all cultures should be shared with a broad audience - across social, ethnic and geographic boundaries, for each and everyone.

The BFE Podcast Project aims at distributing exciting audio publications on ethnomusicological topics supervised by our Podcast Team. If you wish to submit a podcast to the BFE, please follow our Podcast Guidelines. Contributions selected by the BFE Podcast Team will be published once a month as part of the Regular Podcast Series or the BFE Student Podcasts, and can be streamed on your computers, tablets or smartphones via our SoundCloud player.

If you would like to produce a podcast in a language other than English, please send us an e-mail to

Submit a podcast

BFE Regular Podcast Series

The field of ethnomusicology is vast, exciting and full of relevant questions that deal with the relationship between human beings and music in the broadest sense.

We encourage you to submit podcasts to the BFE Regular Podcast series on any ethnomusicological topic that is relevant to our field. Ranging from portraying musicians, musical instruments, rituals and celebrations, to debates on cultural hegemony, appropriation and exoticisation of musics, to questions related to sonic spaces, soundscapes, healing processes and social well-being – there are numerous stories to be told.

Whatever your field of interest, do take us on an exciting, emotional and adventurous musical journey. Let us follow your story.

BFE Student Podcasts

Are you an undergraduate or postgraduate student and would like to publish your podcast? The BFE Student Podcasts format is an inclusive platform that allows for a variety of ethnomusicological topics to be explored. Whether this is on a specific musical culture, an instrument, a musician or any other aspect related to music and music-making in society, we encourage you to send us your podcast script.

BFE Special Edition Podcasts

In addition to the publically available Regular Podcast Series and BFE Student Podcasts, the BFE will also present Special Edition Podcasts, aimed at providing a rapid response to current issues within the discipline. A call for contributions will be released for each Special Edition Podcast.

The following pieces of music featured on our BFE Podcast Series jingles are used with kind permission from the artists: