Thursday, September 17, 2015

Challenges facing African music archives

Challenges facing African music archives. Diane Thram. Music In Africa. Sep 15, 2015.
     Music archives in Africa have cultural heritage collections of recordings and musical instruments that  need conservation, dissemination and return to their original communities. Current issues for music heritage archives include sustainability, archiving practice, digital preservation, and internet access. The role of music archives is still emerging. These issues are challenges that few music archives in Africa have been able to meet, largely due to lack of funding and expertise.

The issues of sustainability and the need for funding are perpetual issues faced by most music archives. Creation and publication of audio-visual and print materials, research projects and publications from research, outreach and education, and repatriation projects should all also be part of on-going operations.

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