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Thursday, October 4 • 12:00 - 12:30
Music archival policies and barriers in Zimbabwe in the age of global information exchange

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The paper explores music archival policies and barriers in Zimbabwe in the age of global information exchange. I unveil how the high demand for open and equal access to musical information is being handled in Zimbabwe with the emergence of professional music archivists. I discuss music educators, consumers, and musicians’ experiences in a contemporary context. Using ethnographic methods of informal conversational interviews and participant observation, I investigate the nexus between music consumers and music materials in the Zimbabwean community. The analysis draws on Bourdieu’s (1977) theoretical perspectives as a lens to view the status quo in music resource accessibility in the country. Results show a yawning need to embrace practical, legal, and technical issues to enhance access to music archival materials in Zimbabwe against a harsh economic environment. General institutional library archives, music recording studios, efforts by individuals with a passion for music archiving, and oral transmission are the main avenues where music archiving has survived in Zimbabwe. Securing the country’s audiovisual material heritage cannot be left to chance in the 21st Century. Zimbabwean musical memory professionals need to mobilise resources and set up professional music archives.

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Toby Seay

Professor, Recording Arts; Director, Drexel Audio Archives, Drexel University


Wonder Maguraushe

Midlands State University

Thursday October 4, 2018 12:00 - 12:30 GMT
Main Hall / Auditorium Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon

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