African Music Archives

The African Music Archives (AMA) is dedicated to collect modern African music from all sub-Saharan countries. Founded in 1991, it today consists of roughly 14.000 shellacs and vinyl-records, audio- and videotapes, CDs and DVDs. In order to facilitate research, all items can be reviewed in the OPAC online catalogue of the JGU Library. Large parts of the collection are already digitized, but, due to copyright reasons, cannot be made available online. For any information concerning the archive and its collection, feel free to contact the archives’ director Hauke Dorsch.

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Events / News
January 29, 2024

Globalwize Radioshow #441

Globalwize presents another end-of-the-week special on Greedio with the latest 'African Presence' broadcast by Weltbeat host/selector Jean Trouillet and his studio guests Hauke Dorsch (African Music Archive) and Bulgarian-German writer Ilija Trojanow.
December 7, 2023

18.01.2024 Denkpause! in der neuen AMA-Lounge

Seit Beginn des Wintersemesters 2023/24 ist sie da: die AMA-Lounge - direkt neben den neuen Räumlichkeiten in der Universitätsbibliothek. Am 18. Januar 2024 gibt AMA-Direktor Hauke Dorsch hier eine kleine Einführung im Rahmen der UB-"Denkpause": Die Kora - Musikinstrument der Griots Westafrikas.

AMA Relistened
October 1, 2020

“Soul Makossa” by Manu Dibango, 1972

“Can't you pronounce 'makossa' like everyone else? You stutter: 'mamako mamasa.' You think they're going to accept that in Yaoundé?” (Dibango 1994:83) This was according to Manu Dibango his father’s reaction when listening to “Soul Makossa” for the first time.
September 1, 2020

“Bondeko” by Toto Bona Lokua, 2018

In 2004, the independent label No Format! recorded the first album of the friends Gérald Toto, Richard Bona, and Lokua Kanza, and the pan-African band project TotoBonaLokua was born. This is their second album, an easy and playful jazz record of three great vocalists, each being a master at their respective instrument, underlined with smooth atmospheric sounds by the producer and label founder Laurent Bizot.
August 1, 2020

“Twice As Tall” by Burna Boy, 2020

„Twice As Tall“ (2020) is Burna Boy’s fifth album, and the third one to be marketed to international audiences. Whereas „Outside“ (2018) was a respectable kick-off, „African Giant“ (2019) managed to fulfill the claim of its title with a Grammy nomination, Coachella performance and large popularity among critics and fans, both within Nigeria and abroad. It is thus no surprise that „Twice As Tall“ offers plenty of continuities.