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SOAS Library

Africa

See also

SOAS Databases
  • All users on-campus; SOAS students and staff only off-campus
    • Africa Bibliography
      An authoritative guide to works in African studies published under the auspices of the International African Institute (Cambridge) annually since 1984.
      On campus use / Off campus use
    • Africa-Wide Information
      Access to over 40 Africa related databases; including: Databases include Index to South African Periodicals, Ibiscus, Media Africa, and NAMLIT
      On campus use
      / Off campus use
    • Aluka
      Access to two major resources for African history: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa
      On campus use
      / Off campus use
General resources

African Music Encyclopedia
An online encyclopaedia of African music and world music. The site provides a good index of African countries and African musicians

Afropop Worldwide
It is a radio program and online magazine dedicated to music from Africa and the Afircan Diaspora. You can browse by artist, country and genre.

Candombe
The website you can learn about Candombe (can-dome-bey), Afro-Uruguayan music.

West African Music
A concise but useful website about West African harps, guitar and Jembe, written by Wesleyan Music Department faculty member Eric Charry.

African music from Eric Charry’s Homepage  - The site offers various music links on African music.

African Music
A small internet site providing sound examples of Shona mbira music, Mandinka balafon music, Xylophone music of Ghana and Chopi timbira music.

Ntama Journal of African Music and Popular Culture
Freely available online magazine about African music.

Digitised recording collection

ILAM: International Library of African Music
Founded in 1954, hosted by Rhodes University in South Africa, ILAM is the largest repository of African (particularly sub Saharan) music. The collections contain recordings and fieldwork dating back to 1929; samples from 12000 digitized recordings are available in the ILAM Audio Archive.

Africa Focus: Image and Sound Collection
This online collection, maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, contains many images and 50 hours of sound of songs and singing from forty-five countries.

James Koetting Ghana Field Recording Collection
Represents the field recordings of ethnomusicologist James Koetting digitised by the Brown University. The collection comprises a vibrant mix of traditional and popular music recorded in Ghana during the 1970s.