Resources on African Music

Discographies that are maintained here:

Zaïrean and Congolaise Music on 78 rpm 45 Vinyl and CD's

The following text will be totally revised!

(it is included here as a bit more than a placeholder and as it is not totally irrelevant it will have to do until I get a bit more time)

All the below is the old text that accompanied the first discographies when they were located at sunsite.kth

Only the first link is LIVE! for more current information consult the log file at! LF

Zaïrean and Congolaise Music on 78 rpm 45 Vinyl and CD's (this is a discography that will attempt to include any African music on any media that I get to know of. But to start with I will list only CD's and Vinyl .In this first web-version of the discography I will concentrate on that which is closest to my heart, namely the Zaïrean & Congolaise music.

This preliminary list contains only the CD's in my own collection, but my aim is to exclude nothing, so if you have additional information, please let me know and I'll include it here. I will also try to bring some better structure to this list. As it is now, it is just sorted by label, and as it is already rather large, it can be quite cumbersome to search. As work progresses, I will add some search facility and try to list it also by order of artists and groups.

Both the above lists exist in more complete versions with tracklistings.

On Zaïrean and Congolaise Music on CD (+ tracklistings)
On Zaïrean and Congolaise Music on Vinyl (+ tracklistings)
(in preparation, at the moment only preliminary tracklist for 360 000 series)

Franco & T.P. OK Jazz on vinyl (+tracks,in preparation) (- tracklistings)

CD-reissues of Franco & T.P. OK Jazz (+tracks) (-tracks)

This list is intended for those who like me take a specially keen interest in the CD-reissues of material by Franco and T.P. OK Jazz.
(click the above link to see a preliminary version, soon to be updated with the last couple of months reissues.)

an attempt at a complete discography of all known works and recordings by Franco & T.P. OK Jazz. (in preparation)
(For this I am hoping on help from all knowledgeable people interested in such an undertaking. Among the persons preliminary contacted I have been promised future aid by both Graeme Ewens and Vincent Kenis who have already generously shared their infromation with me. I hope that anyone interested in participating in this project will contact me.)

On certiain labels specializing in African Music (Information about various labels and reconstruction of their catalogues. To begin with concentrating on Zaïrean music, labels like Sonafric, African, Veve etc.)

the African 360 000-series (+tracks, preliminary list)
the Sonafric 50.000-series
the Esperance series (in preparation)
the Syllart series (in preparation)
the Songhaï series (in preparation)
the Kouma series
etc. etc. (in preparation)

(click any of the above links to see the preliminary versions)

Biographical information that will be maintained here:

An index of mainly Zaïrean Artists and Groups
Under editing, a preliminary list will be put here and as the material developes it will also be made searchable. One of the goals is that it shall also be linked to recordings to make it possible to see what records a specific musician participates on. And hopefully I will have the perseverance to let it provide links to the CD's.

More in depth information on certain artists and groups (to begin with concentrating on artists like Franco Luambo Makiadi, Grand Kalle, Papa Wemba, Defao, Koffi Olomide, Carlito Lassa, Pepe Kalle and groups like T.P. OK Jazz, Les Bantous, Les Kamale, Bella Bella, Lipua-Lipua, Shama Shama, Zaïko Langa Langa, Choc Stars, Anti-Choc, Viva La Musica, Quartier Latin, Empire Bakuba, Nouvelle Generation, Wenge Musica etc. ect...)

Bibliographies that will be maintained here:

On African Music in general (to begin with concentrating on Zaïrean music)

On certain artists and groups

Some articles that will be available here:

Articles by Pierre Kazadi etc.

Some articles on the early recording industry by Paul Vernon that describes African operations.

Savannaphone FolkRoots No.122
Feast of East FolkRoots No.145.

Articles that just touches on African matters.

The World at 80rpm FolkRoots No.119
On All Cylinders FolkRoots No.125 [missing picture]
Sans Border Radio FolkRoots No.130

I have also scanned and edited some articles that I have enjoyed reading and found informative on related topics. It is my hope that gathering this and similar material here will provide some aid for people looking for a certain kind of music, but I also hope it shall be of some use to the specialist.

I am of course aware of the immense territory that I am trying to cover and also that a large part of it has no really good map follow, certainly there will be many flagrant misstakes and obvious gaps in the beginning, but I hope that I will be able to build something more complete and useful with the cooperation of all you other specialist and afficcionados that I feel are bound to come to my help.

I will also try to get the permission from various authors to prepare electronic versions of ther articles on african music already publishedin some other media as well as to try to constantly include any other relevant information that I come across.

Although this in itself is a totally non-commercial undertaking.
I am taking into account both commercial and non-commercial recordings, and with an aim at functioning as a source of information describing at least some of the admirably creative musicians and the music of this culturally rich continent that is Africa and to make that truely great music more known and accepted worldwide.

Lars Fredriksson 970428 - revised 2003.07.21

If you do have any relevant material that you feel belongs here please send it to me and I will try to include it. I can OCR material if I find them worthwhile additions to these pages and you send me the original or a clear copy.

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