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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

Associate Professor, Drexel University
Toby Seay is an Associate Professor of Music Production and Chair of the Department of Arts & Entertainment Enterprise at Drexel University. As an audio engineer, he has recorded numerous Gold, Platinum, and Grammy winning records. Toby’s research interests include audio preservation... Read More →

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Wonder Maguraushe

Midlands State University


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

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