International Library of African Music

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International Library of African Music
ILAM.jpg
Country South Africa
Scope African music
Established 1954
Location Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Coordinates Coordinates: 33°18′39″S 26°31′08″E / 33.310801°S 26.518761°E / -33.310801; 26.518761
Other information
Director Dr Lee Watkins
Website ilam.ru.ac.za

The International Library of African Music (ILAM) is an organization dedicated to the preservation and study of African music. Seated in Grahamstown, South Africa, 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.[1]

ILAM is particularly known for its study of the lamellophone mbira of Zimbabwe and Mozambique, as well as the Chopi people's Timbila, a variant of the marimba from southern Mozambique.

Some of the instruments inside ILAM.
The akadinda (large xylophone), kalimbas on the wall, and a photo of Hugh Tracey.

Publications and recordings[edit]

History[edit]

ILAM was founded by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey in 1954, made possible through grants received from the Nuffield Foundation and the South African Department of Education.[4]

ILAM published the African Music Society Journal, now known as the Journal of the International Library of African Music. ILAM was initially located in Msaho (near Roodepoort, Gauteng). When Hugh Tracey died in 1977, his son Andrew took over as director. Private funding had dried up, but Rhodes University agreed to host ILAM, and both ILAM and AMI moved to Grahamstown in 1978. Andrew Tracey served as director until 2005. The current director is Diane Thram.

Notable collections[edit]

The following collections are available online:

  • Hugh Tracey Audio Collections[5][6]
  • Jaco Kruger Collections[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About ILAM". The International Library of African Music (ILAM). Rhodes University. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "International Library of African Music (I.L.A.M.)". Smithsonian Folkways. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  3. ^ "African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music". Rhodes Digital Commons. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  4. ^ Tracey, Hugh (1954). "The International Library of African Music". African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music. 1 (1): 71–73. doi:10.21504/amj.v1i1.232. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hugh Tracey Broadcast Series". Rhodes Digital Commons. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Hugh Tracey Music of Africa Series". Rhodes Digital Commons. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  7. ^ "ILAM Jaco Kruger Cassettes". Rhodes Digital Commons. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 

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