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New Dust to Digital Collection Features Rumba from the 50’s Golden Age of African Music.

Long before King Sunny Adé, Fela Kuti, and other African stars hit Europe and America during the world music surge of the 1980’s, record labels like Lyrichord, Smithsonian Folkways, and Nonesuch Explorer released African music that was mostly untouched by electric guitars and modern studio recording technology. England’s Harlequin label, for example, unearthed many early South African groups from the 1940’s and 1950’s. There was also Musicaphon’s UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music releases, one of which inspired Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters album.

Venancio Mbande Junior visits ILAM

ILAM is looking forward to the impending visit of Venancio Junior Mbande, Master timbila performer from Mozambique. His visit is sponsored by Pro-Helvetia.


The International Library of African Music (ILAM) hereby announces its latest publication. See the details below.

Dialogic Archival Documentation: Decolonizing the archive to repatriate the past to present Indigenous users

For some years now, repatriation of audio-visual recordings to communities where they were originally recorded has become very important and, indeed, has attracted both national and international advocates. The process of repatriating materials, however, presents numerous challenges for the receiving communities especially as far as linking the past to the present across divides of time, place and socio-cultural and political contexts.