Recordings of the Music of Africa
UNC Chapel HIll subscribes to streaming audio collections that can be accessed from on- or off-campus. You can create playlists and download tracks, albums or playlists to your mobile device (for 48 hours). They include thousands of tracks of a wide variety of contemporary and traditional music from all over the world.
World Music Online Cross-searches Smithsonian Global Sound and Contemporary World Music
UNC Chapel Hill also owns many sound recordings of music from African countries that can be checked out from the Music Library for . Search for them in the library catalog and make a note of the call number and location. Search on keywords: music, Africa, or a specific country or artist and refine the results to Audio.
More Books and Journals
The library has access to thousands of books and journal articles related to the music of Africa, some available electronically, some in print. Search the library catalog on keywords related to your topic (a music genre, place, people group, historical event, etc). Then refine the search results to the format you are looking for (article, book, audio, etc).
Many of the books you can check out of the library on African music can be found in the Music Library Stacks under these call numbers:
Most important journals related to world music can be accessed through JSTOR
If you find the citation of an article you want, but don't have access to the full text, request it on Interlibrary Loan or check the library catalog to see if UNC owns the print version. World of Music is an example of a journal that UNC owns in print but not in Full Text.
Reference Sources on African Music
The Libraries own many online and print sources to provide background information and research strategies on a variety of musical traditions of Africa. Search the library catalog on keywords related to your topic. When you find print sources in the catalog, note their location (Davis Library, Undergraduate Library, Music Library, etc). Here are some reference books to get you started:
- Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
- Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
- Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
- World Music: The Rough Guide
- Afropop! : an illustrated guide to contemporary African music
- Garland Handbook of African Music