Africori, Africa’s leading business-to-business digital music service provider, is pleased to announce its latest partnership with the International Library of African Music (ILAM), Africa’s largest archive of early recordings of sub-Saharan African Music. Africori will now be able to offer, as part of their vast synch-licensing catalogue, close to 300 tracks that make up the Music of Africa series of compilations, made up of rare and precious songs, recorded out in the field by Hugh Tracey from the 1930’s-1960’s. The compilations in the series are presented according to instrument type and geographic region and feature exceptional African musicians such as Zulu bow player, Princess Magogo.

CEO and founder of Africori, Yoel Kenan, commented, “We are very excited to be partnering with an institution such ILAM which is dedicated to the preservation of African music. Our partnership means that Hugh Tracey’s incredible collection of African music can now gain exposure and synch licensing opportunities in the digital environment for the first time.”

Diane Thram, the director of ILAM, added, ” The great benefit of preserving ILAM’s field recordings through digital conversion is the accessibility it affords to scholars and to the public at large. Making the Music of Africa series available through AFRICORI is part of our effort to make Hugh Tracey’s field recordings available globally through all the various means that our present-day digital technology affords.”

About Africori

Africori is a digital music service provider based in London and Cape Town.
It aims to provide the African music business with digital infrastructures of the highest caliber. The company operates business-to-business solutions to independent labels, publishers, producers and artists in Africa.
As a digital music service provider they offer synch licensing opportunities, digital distribution as well as brand development and strategy through their partner agency, Keevision.

About ILAM

Founded in 1954 by Hugh Tracey, ILAM is one of the greatest repositories of African music in the world. A research institution devoted to the study of music and oral arts in Africa, it preserves thousands of historical recordings going back to 1929 and supports contemporary fieldwork.
ILAM continues to advance Hugh Tracey’s aims to discover, record, analyze, and archive the music of Africa, with the object of establishing a theory of music making in Africa and assessing the social, cultural, and artistic values of African music. ILAM is attached to the Music Department at Rhodes University and coordinates its Ethnomusicology Programme which offers undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ethnomusicology that include training in performance of African music.

Contact at Womex:

Yoel Kenan
Tel: +44 (0) 207 193 5818

Africori Offices
London: +44 (0) 207 193 5818
Cape Town: +27 (0) 21 424 2155

Diane Thram

article submitted by:Yoel Kenan, Africori