The Ethnomusicology Archive has recently acquired a collection of nearly 10,000 commercial recordings featuring music from Africa and the worldwide African diaspora. The collection comes from CC Smith,a well-known radio host of world music shows on local stations KCRW,KPFK,KCSN and KXLU since the early 1980s. She was also publisher of “The Beat,”a world music magazine that grew out of the early radio shows to become a major international publication. After “The Beat”ceased publication in 2009,Smith contact prof. Jackie DjeDje and arranged the donation of her collection of CDs,LPs,cassettes,artist promotional materials,and other materials relating to her long-running radio shows. The collection includes nearly 5,000 recordings of reggae,ska,dub,and related Jamaican and Caribbean musics.
To be continued…
Happy New Year!
Several months ago I spoke with radio reporter Jon Kalish,who was working on a story about Lou Curtiss and his collection and the GRAMMY Foundation-funded digital preservation project that we’ve been a partner in. Well,Jon emailed me recently to let me know that the story was finally going to air on The California Report,produced by San Francisco public radio station KQED.
Listen to the story here:http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201012171630/e
It’s been a while since we’ve posted news here,but that’s not for lack of things to talk about —quite the contrary! The Archive staff have all been busy making preparations for this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations. If you’ve seen the calendar of events you may have noticed a Friends of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive launch event scheduled for this coming Wednesday,October 27th. We’ve decided to postpone that event until sometime in the spring,closer to the Association for Recorded Sound Collections 2011 conference,which we’re hosting here in L.A. in honor of the Archive’s 50th anniversary.
The Friends of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is a group for donors and other supporters of the Archive’s missions to collect,preserve,and provide access to audiovisual materials that document the world’s musical cultures,and to serve as a center of research and education on ethnographic media archiving. We will soon be reaching out for members of this group —which will enjoy special privileges like attendance at invitation-only events —but we’re not quite ready for that yet. Until then,you can still…
Join us for cake (and coffee,tea,and other treats),in celebration of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage this coming Wednesday,October 27th from 4:30-5:30 PM in front of the Archive (1630 Schoenberg Music Building). This is the same day originally scheduled for our Friends launch event,but without the guest speakers. Come meet the Archivists,check out our collections,and learn why now is the time to plan for the future of your fieldwork documentation or other collections —even if you haven’t yet started documenting or collecting.
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The UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive has been awarded a preservation implementation grant by the Grammy Foundation®,according to the Foundation’s April 16th,2009,press release. The Archive’s proposal was selected for funding from among many submissions because of the importance of the material to be preserved,the technical qualifications of the project staff,and the leading role played by the UCLA Digital Library in providing secure digital storage and online access to some of the Archives collections. This prestigious award will be used to preserve and create access to part of the D.K. Wilgus Collection that documents the music and aural Folklife of the western United States with a focus on California. Contents include field recordings from California,rural Oklahoma,and Texas;interviews of noted folklorists,musicians,and storytellers;workshops,and lectures. Information on materials from this collection that have already been processed on a previous Grammy Foundation® award is available at www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu/archive. This includes parts of the D.K. Wilgus Archive of California and Western Folklore,the D. K. Wilgus Western Kentucky Folklore Archive,the UCLA Folk Festival,field recordings by David Evans,and several smaller collections. Many of these recordings are being made available through the UCLA Digital Library.
See the GRAMMY Foundation press release and a complete list of recipients:
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Title: Third World Child
Published/distributed:Hollywood,CA:Capitol Records,© 1987
Performer: Johnny Clegg &Savuka
Archive Call Number: ARLP 5261
Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of selected reviews written by students in the course series Ethnomusicology 20A-B-C:Musical Cultures of the World.
Third World Child is Johnny Clegg and Savuka’s first album,the album that won Johnny Clegg international acclaim. Continue reading Recording Review:Johnny Clegg &Savuka’s ‘Third World Child’
A message from Professor Judy Mitoma at UCLA’s Center for Intercultural Performance:
Three week program June 28-July 19,2009
Application Available at www.cudamani.org Register Early. Enrollment Limited!
Artistic Team:I Dewa Putu Berata &Emiko Saraswati Susilo
Intensive study of balinese music and dance with 6 master artists and a team of 12 assisting teachers using pedagogy developed collaboratively by Ibu Ni Ketut Alit Arini,Bapak I Nyoman Cerita and Çudamani;lectures and demonstrations by internationally renowned scholars and artists;observation of rehearsals,‘backstage’preparation and performances;visits to sacred sites and ceremonies. Participants engage with Pengosekan’s community of artists,well known as weavers,painters,dancers and musicians.With the success of the 2007 and 2008 summer programs,Çudamani will once again invite 35 individuals from around the world to participate in a rigorous study of Balinese music and dance in the village of Pengosekan,Ubud,Bali. Çudamani has provided gamelan and dance instruction to hundreds of youth and adults over the past eleven years. The company’s technical accomplishments on the seven-toned Semarandana are unparalleled. FEES Includes:Instruction,Shared Housing,Breakfast,Lunch &Excursions. The program is suitable for experienced musicians and dancers as well as beginners. CONTACT:UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance. firstname.lastname@example.org T:310-206-1335 .
Promotional Photo:Çudamani Music &Dance Summer Institute,Bali
Jesús Guzmán,the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology lecturer who directs the UCLA mariachi ensemble and is musical director of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano,won the Grammy for BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN ALBUM for “Amor,Dolor Y Lágrimas:Música Ranchera,” Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.
Congratulations to Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. For anyone who would like to listen to the CD,please come to the Archive and ask for ARCD 6856.
Archive Access Hours for the Week of 16-20 February
The Archive will be CLOSED on Monday February 16th for the Presidents’Day holiday.
We will not have regular access hours from Tuesday the 17th through Thursday the 19th. If you wish to use the Archive during this time,please ﬁll out an Appointment Request Form.
Regular access hours will resume on Friday February 20th,when the Archive will be open from 10 am –2 PM.
This just in from the Department of Ethnomusicology Faculty News:
Cheryl Keyes was nominated for an NAACP Image Award under the category of “world music”for her debut CD,“Let Me Take You There.”The 40th NAACP Image Awards airs live on February 12,2009 on FOX.
The CD and Professor Keyes were recently the subjects of our inaugural EARcast and an extended recording review (with audio examples!) by a fellow scholar of African-American music,Dr. Miles White. A copy of the album is available in the Archive,ARCD 7175.
See more information and a full list of nominees [PDF] at the 40th NAACP Image Awards site.