Electronic Newsletter
September 2014
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Ghana's Highlife Music Collection
E.K's Band, Ghana Na Ewo Soo (ca 1963)
E.K's Band, Ghana Na Ewo Soo (ca 1963)

The project "Ghana's Highlife Music Collection: A Digital Repertoire of Recordings and Pop Art" of M. Kwame Sarpong's Gramophone Records Museum and Research Centre (Cape Coast, Ghana) involved the selection of 78rpm Shellac records from the 30s to the 60s, as well as various related documents, in order to provide easier access to archival material that would otherwise be difficult in the context of Ghana and West Africa.

By securing the collaboration of the National Library of Canada to this project, the Daniel Langlois Foundation received the technical assistance and expertise of the Library's Audio Conservator, a welcome help when choosing the digitizing equipment. The Foundation then coordinated the trip to Ghana of the Audio Conservator, in order to instruct the Museum staff on the use of the equipment, and on the processes involved in digitizing sound and image.

To disseminate the result of this documentation and conservation project, M. Sarpong and the Foundation, with the help of the Ghana Music Rights Organization, were able to locate the rights owners of 10 Ghanaian musicians like Jacob Sam, Kakaiku, and E.K. Nyame, in order to publish online a selection of Highlife songs.

Mrs. Carmelle Bégin, ethnomusicologist working at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now Canadian Museum of History), helped us in every step of this project since 2004, and has written the General Introduction. [More...]

More to explore in our website:
Michael Snow, Two Sides to Every Story, 1974
Digital Snow
The Foundation has transposed Digital Snow to the Web, an encyclopaedia of Michael Snow's work of the past six decades.
David Rokeby, Very Nervous System (1983-)
Very Nervous System
Documentary collection: David Rokeby, Very Nervous System (1983-)
Tmema, The Manual Input Workstation
Manual Input Workstation
Documentary collection: Golan Levin, The Manual Input Workstation (2004-2006)
Telematic Vision
Telematic Vision
Documentary collection: Paul Sermon, Telematic Vision (1993-)