Drawing on historic recordings from Africa, Asia and South America
Easy access to music and sound in the digital world presents new challenges to archives such as the British Library. How far should they be ‘gatekeepers’ when it comes to world and ethnographic recordings, particularly when people from the cultures represented have very diverse expectations and uneven access to technologies?
Draws on historic recordings from Africa, Asia and South America, the 2019 RAI John Blacking Lecture is given by Janet Topp Fargion, Lead Curator, World and Traditional Music at the British Library Sound Archive
The annual Royal Anthropological Institute John Blacking Lecture is named in honour of esteemed ethnomusicologist and anthropologist John Blacking (1928-1990).
Presented in association with the Royal Anthropological Institute
Image: Namibian Himba girls with headphones and hairstyles. Photo: Emmanuelle Olivier, 1990
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