Africa: Music, Videos and Films
African Music Archive
Resources on African Music from the Institute of Ethnology and African Studies at Johannes-
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
The Media Resources Center (MRC) is the library's primary collection of materials in electronic
(audio and visual) formats. The formats found in MRC include videocassettes and video discs; compact
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
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.
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
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.
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
Films and videos produced by South Productions & Channel 4 Television (UK), SOUTH is a
anthology of works created by film and video makers from Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia,
Africa, and the
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
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
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
West African Djembe and Dun
This website aims to educate and instruct in the techniques and culture
of West Africa djembe drumming, dance and song through free lessons and
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.