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The Syliphone archive - http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Syliphone-record-label-collection

Goal: Promote the archive, drawing attention to its scope and potential for research, via publications -

Forthcoming: "West African sound archives", in The Routledge companion to popular music history and heritage, Lauren Istvandity, Sarah Baker & Catherine Strong (eds).

In press: "YouTube in academic teaching: A multimedia documentation of Siramori Diabate’s song ‘Nanyuman’". Brahima Camara, Graeme Counsel and Jan Jansen, in Searching for sharing: Heritage, multimedia researchers, stakeholders in Africa, and diasporic communities. Daniela Morella (ed).

Brahima Camara, Graeme Counsel and Jan Jansen. "Sex, drugs and female agency: Why Siramori Diabaté’s song ‘Nanyuman’ was such a success in Mali and Guinea". Journal of West African History. Special issue: Women and gender in West Africa, Volume 3, no. 2, 2017.

Consulting for potential documentary by Passion Films on Guinean music in the post--independence era.

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Graeme Counsel
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During the independence era in West Africa (1958-1984) many nations embarked on ambitious programs aimed at rejuvenating their traditional arts. These programs were realised through new cultural policies such as authenticité, with music being a prime focus. In the 1960s West African governments created dozens of orchestras throughout the region. They paid the musicians a salary, bought them musical instruments, and instructed them to "look at the past" for inspiration. Herein lies the foundation for such famous orchestras as Bembeya Jazz and the Super Rail Band, groups who were at the centre of a cultural renaissance which inspired the whole continent. This book examines the major orchestras and musicians of the independence era, and explains the role of the government and griots in the creation of the new musical styles. The text is supported through biographies of musicians, descriptions of traditional musical instruments, and extensive discographies of African recordings.
Graeme Counsel
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Promote the archive, drawing attention to its scope and potential for research, via publications -
Forthcoming: "West African sound archives", in The Routledge companion to popular music history and heritage, Lauren Istvandity, Sarah Baker & Catherine Strong (eds).
In press: "YouTube in academic teaching: A multimedia documentation of Siramori Diabate’s song ‘Nanyuman’". Brahima Camara, Graeme Counsel and Jan Jansen, in Searching for sharing: Heritage, multimedia researchers, stakeholders in Africa, and diasporic communities. Daniela Morella (ed).
Brahima Camara, Graeme Counsel and Jan Jansen. "Sex, drugs and female agency: Why Siramori Diabaté’s song ‘Nanyuman’ was such a success in Mali and Guinea". Journal of West African History. Special issue: Women and gender in West Africa, Volume 3, no. 2, 2017.
Consulting for potential documentary by Passion Films on Guinean music in the post--independence era.