AAAD320 Music in Africa

Recordings of the Music of Africa

Africa: The Voices and Drums of Africa

UNC Libraries subscribes to streaming music 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. 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:

  • ML350, ML355  Music of Africa (mostly traditional music)

Most important journals related to world music can be accessed through JSTOR

If you find the citation for 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:

Music Public Services Librarian

Diane Steinhaus
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Music Library Home Page

The Music Library home page is also a good place to find more music resources