Established in 2000, at the behest of an international meeting in Ibadan of African musicologists, including their doyen, Professor Emeritus Kwabena Nketia, the ICAMD secretariat serves, among other functions, as an archival, documentation and study centre for African music and dance. It is also a clearinghouse for information on events, artists, scholars, and institutions concerned with the study and promotion of African music and dance, as well as coordinating research and facilitating publication in the relevant fields.