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Syracuse University Libraries

Music: Africa

for music history & cultures, scores, recordings, data, copyright, and more!

Selected Websites & Streaming Media

African News Sources

Other Research Guides

Reference Books & Guides

Choosing Keywords

Browsing subject headings can be a good place to start searching. Try some of the the suggested keywords below to find recordings, books, or articles, or try your own:

  • Music + [geographic term or people]  e.g. Music Uganda;  Music Yoruba
  • Folk music + [geographic term or people] e.g. Folk music Central Africa
  • Popular music + [geographic term or people]  e.g. Popular music South Africa
  • [name of musician]  e.g. Fela
  • [instrument name] + music  e.g. Mbira music
  • Songs + [language]  e.g. songs Nyore
  • Music + social aspects + [name of country, continent]  e.g. Music social aspects Nigeria
  • Music and race [social group or people]--[country]--social life and customs
  • [type of music] + [name of country or continent]  e.g. Highlife (music)--Africa

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