Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Directory of South African Music Collections

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Directory of South African Music Collections

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Directory of South African Music Collections http://libguides.sun.ac.za /SAMusicCollections. By Santie de Jongh. Stellenbosch, South Africa: Stellenbosch University, viewed 21 April 2014.

This new online publication by Santie de Jongh of Stellenbosch University represents the culmination of a number of years of research as part of her Masters degree, funded by the South African Music Archive Project. The directory contains an estimated six hundred entries listed under thirty-six collections throughout South Africa and is updated regularly. According to De Jongh, the directory will grow as new collections are discovered and consequently added to the list; even in its current state, however, the directory is a highly valuable and much needed tool in South African music research.

Many of the South African music collections included in the directory are well known and often used. By themselves, therefore, they would seem to offer little to contribute to the project, but the ease by which their contents can now be perused and retrieved from a single portal constitutes a major development for music research. This directory also provides the most effective means by which to locate specific entries across various collections. Some lesser known collections are listed and give users information about previously unknown or inaccessible items.

Each entry defines for the user the type and content of material it contains and how it can be accessed (if at all). In some cases, links are provided to external sources that provide more information about the collection or that direct the user to institutions housing the collections. Every collection is accompanied by detailed contact information, a physical address and a link to Google maps. Unfortunately, entries only provide very general details about their contents. According to the directory, for instance, the African Musical Instruments Collection at the International Library of African Music (ILAM) contains around six hundred and fifty items of "African music"; more information than that can only be obtained by contacting ILAM directly. …

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