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Recordings of the Music of Africa

Africa: The Voices and Drums 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

                        ML102.P66 C66 2003 8 vols. (print) and online:   Vol. 6 Africa and The Middle East

  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

                        ML100.G16 1998 (10 vols.) plus CDs  Vol. 1 Africa (print) and online

  • Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music 

                       ML100 .C69 2008 (2 vols.) plus CDs

  • World Music: The Rough Guide


  • Afropop! : an illustrated guide to contemporary African music

                        ML3502.9.B37 1995

  • Garland Handbook of African Music

                        ML350.G54 2008 plus CD

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