Dr. Cecilia Durojaye

Research Focus

  • Music and emotions
  • Music performance and social behaviour
  • Aesthetic experience in sub-Saharan African music cultures
  • Cultural psychology
  • Music education



Academic Education

2015 - 2019

Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a thesis on emotional responses in the performance practices of dundun music of Nigeria.

2009-2010MA in Music Education (with Distinction), University of Lagos, Nigeria.


Since 7/2019Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Music Department
2012-2014Part-time lecturer, Ekiti State University

High school music instructor and choir director


Durojaye, C. (2019). Born a musician: the making of a dundun drummer among the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Journal of Arts and Humanities, 8 (1), 43–55.

Durojaye, C. (2017). The history and continuity of African drumming traditions: commentary on Amegago. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, 10(3),170–173.


  • National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa
  • Jules Kramer Music and Fine Arts Scholarship
  • Myra Chapman Graduate Scholarship
  • EE Coutts Memorial Scholarship