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Wednesday, October 3 • 11:00 - 11:30
Making sense of silence: online archives and Afrikaans music heritage

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While doing research for a book on the history of recorded Afrikaans music, the author undertook extensive searches of online discographic archives that yielded invaluable information on the earliest Afrikaans and Africana recordings. This information helped to establish the identity of the first recording artist in the Afrikaans language (dating to 1906 and previously omitted from all literature on the subject), as well as the first recordings of the national anthems of the two Boer republics (during the Anglo-Boer war in January 1900, by Dutch singers in Europe). However, none of the online archives had any actual sound clips of these recordings. This 'silence' brings with it its own challenges in terms of making sense of the information and disseminating this new knowledge to a wider audience. This paper seeks to interrogate the limitations of online archives, but also its value in widening perceptions on music heritage.

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Terrence Darko Danso

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Terrence Darko Danso is a Senior Audio-visual Librarian (Television) for Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. As an audio-visual digitiser, he works hand-in-hand with transmission and his unit serves as the backbone for Television, preserves the Nation’s Heritage and makes sure it stay... Read More →

Speakers
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Schalk van der Merwe

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stellenbosch University
Dr Schalk van der Merwe is an author, lecturer and professional musician that divides his timebetween the classroom, the stage and the studio. He lectured in history at Stellenbosch Universityfrom 2005 to 2017, and as social historian has specialised in popular music. His embeddedexperience... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 11:00 - 11:30
Room 1: Prof Ebenezer Oduro Owusu Seminar Room Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon

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