Africa: Music, Videos and Films

  • African Music Archive
      Resources on African Music from the Institute of Ethnology and African Studies at Johannes- Gutenberg-University Mainz.
  • African Music: Dancedrummer.com
      The site features Quicktime movies demonstrating how to play West African drums synchronized with animated bars of written music. It also contains a general history of the Anlo-Ewe people of Ghana and a short paper on the funtction of music at funerals in Eweland.
  • African Videotapes and Audiocassettes, UC Berkeley
      The Media Resources Center (MRC) is the library's primary collection of materials in electronic non-print (audio and visual) formats. The formats found in MRC include videocassettes and video discs; compact audio discs; audiocassettes; slides; and computer software, including interactive multimedia materials.
  • ArtMattan Films Productuction
      ArtMattan Productions distributes films that focus on the human experience of black people in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America and Europe.
  • California Newsreel: The Library of African Cinema
      California Newsreel is the counry's oldest non-profit, documentary production and distribution center. It is primary educational resource for documentaries on the African American experience and African cinema. Newsreel's AFRICAN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES imprint offers an extensive list of award-winning documentaries. Its LIBRARY OF AFRICAN CINEMA features the country's first collection of films from Africa by African filmmakers, enabling Americans the chance to see Africa through African eyes.
  • Coded Messages: CHAINS
      CHAINS began as a group of performances in Ghana in 1994. The remote village of Anyako, the historic slave trade castle at Cape Coast, the University of Ghanaat Legon, the international Pan African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST). Include: sounds of drum language and its spoken meanings, and video clips and stills from performances in Ghana.
  • Cora Connection
      The Mandinka are famous for their master musicians known as griots (bards) or jalis, the traditional historians of their people. Among the instruments they play to accompany their epics is the 21-string kora.
  • C.K. Ladzekpo Home Page
      Includes information on music and culture of the Ewe and other African ethnic groups, along with related graphics, sound, and videos.
  • Ethiopian Music
      Extensive website with audio and video music songs of Ethiopian and Eritrean singers, and different genres of music
  • Films and Videos Produced by Third World Filmmakers
      Films and videos produced by South Productions & Channel 4 Television (UK), SOUTH is a groundbreaking anthology of works created by film and video makers from Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
  • The Maimouna Keita School of African Dance

      The Maimouna Keita School of African Dance, was founded in 1983 by Marie Basse-Wiles, from Dakar, Senegal, West Africa, and the late Olukose Wiles.The Maimouna Keita West African Dance Company is available for school workshops, performances, lectures, f estivals, weddings and other special events.
  • Reviews Of African Recordings (RootsWorld)
      Many of these have appeared in Dirty Linen Magazine (MD) and CMJ New Music Reports (NY). All are copyright 1992-1995 by Cliff Furnald.
  • The St. Louis African Chorus
      The St. Louis African Chorus, is a tax-exempt organization, formed 1994, with a mission to increase public awareness in African cultural heritage through music and other art forms. One of our goals is to help preserve and encourage the performance of vocal works in African languages as a mainstream art form among youths in America and the African Diaspora. Web resources include: "The Voice of African Music" Newsletter, calendar of events, and information on African artists touring the US.
  • Um Kalthoum - Star of the East (Borre Ludvigsen)
      This is a home page for the famous Egyptian vocalist Um Kalthoum, who was unquestionably the most gifted singer and musician of this century in the Middle East.
  • West African Djembe and Dun Dun drumming
      This website aims to educate and instruct in the techniques and culture of West Africa djembe drumming, dance and song through free lessons and video tutorials.
  • Zimbabwe Music Festival (Larry Israel)
      The Zimbabwe Music Festival is the largest annual gathering in North America for students, teachers, performers, and fans of Zimbabwean music. Musicians and students come from all over the US, Canada, and scattered points around the world to learn, teach, perform, dance, and connect with one another.

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    Editor: Dr. Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D, aadinar@sas.upenn.edu
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