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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

GHANA COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Reinhardt Schuhmann, Kenneth Schweitzer, and Jud Wellington
Series Editor: Ann Hoog

Revised: December 2012


For additional information about Archive of Folk Culture collections, contact the Folklife Reading Room. To request copies, see our webpages regarding audio materials and photographic materials. Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information. All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.

AFC 1944/015: Frink and Alberts Recordings from the Gold Coast of West Africa
Three 16-inch discs of narration and songs recorded in Gold Coast, 1942-43. Donated by the Office of War Information. One disc contains eleven songs sung in English by the Eighth Air Depot Group Chapel Choir recorded by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Alberts, June 16, 1943. Two discs contain narration, radio broadcasts, and songs sung by the Gold Coast Regiment. Also includes war songs by various Gold Coast singers Recorded by "Frink-Alberts" ca. 1942-43. (AFS 7097-7099) (1 hour 18 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 9-10A) [catalog record]

AFC 1951/007: Arthur S. Alberts Collection of West Africa Recordings
Twenty-four 7-inch tapes of music recorded in French Guinea, French Sudan, Gold Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, and Upper Volta by Arthur S. Alberts, ca. 1949-50. The collection includes a 3-page concordance.

AFS 10,029: One tape containing battle, hunting, religious, and other songs sung by Ashanti and Ibo (Nigeria) performers, and Moslem prayers recorded in Kumasi and elsewhere, Gold Coast. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 1; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/22A)

AFS 10,030: One tape containing songs sung by Ibo (Nigeria) performers recorded in Accra, Gold Coast. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 2; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/22)

AFS 10,031: One tape containing drums, an "Anansi song," songs sung by Mano (Liberia) performers, and songs sung by Ibo (Nigeria) performers recorded in Accra, Gold Coast. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 3; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 283/22B-23A)

AFS 10,035: One tape containing balaphon music played by Bambara performers recorded in Bamako, Mali; songs sung by Ewe (Togo) performers and Fanti, Ga, and Twi (Ghana) performers recorded in Gold Coast; and songs sung by Muzzin performers recorded in French Guinea. (29 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 7; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 283/23B-24A)

AFS 10,040: One tape containing drum music of the Moro Naba, Emperor of the Mossi; songs sung by Ewe performers recorded in Gold Coast; and music of the Mossi recorded in Ouagadougou, Upper Volta. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 12; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/25A)

AFS 10,041: One tape containing songs sung by Ewe performers recorded in Gold Coast. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 13; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/25)

AFS 10,042: One tape containing songs in the Twi language recorded in Nsawam, Gold Coast. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 14; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/25B)

AFS 10,867-10,871: Arthur S. Alberts / Folk Music of West African Gold Coast
Five 7-inch tapes of "Folk Music of West African Gold Coast" recorded by Arthur S. Alberts, U.S. Information Service. Accessioned June 1955. The collection includes a 1-page concordance. (2 hours and 15 minutes; LWO 2265)

AFS 10,970-10,971: Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Sweeney / West African and Ethiopian Folk Music
Two 10-inch tapes of music and spoken word recorded in Ethiopia and West Africa by Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Sweeney, ca. 1952-56.

AFS 10,971: One tape containing a conversation in English, elephant jokes, instrumental music, narration, songs, and stories recorded at various locations in West Africa, including the Gold Coast and Mali. Assembled and narrated by Mrs. Sweeney, December 3, 1952. (1 hour; LWO 2449 reel 2)

AFS 10,972-10,977: Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Sweeney / Congo Drums of Africa
Three 5-inch and 3 7-inch tapes of conversation and ceremonial music. Recorded in the Congo, Gold Coast, Kenya, Ruanda-Urundi, and South Africa by Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Sweeney, 1952-56.

AFS 10,972: One tape containing a vocal group with cymbal and drum. Recorded at Tamale, Northern District, Gold Coast. (1 hour; LWO 4109 reel 1)

AFS 10,973: One tape containing descriptions of the making, selling, and use of gold weights spoken by an Ashanti goldsmith. Recorded in Kumasi, Gold Coast. (1 hour; LWO 4109 reel 2)

AFC 1953/012: Music and Dances of the African Gold Coast
Eleven 10-inch commercial discs of African Gold Coast (now Ghana) music and dances. Gift from M. Aime Darot of France. The collection includes a log of the songs with descriptions of the 22 songs on the recording. (AFS 10,766-10,776) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 352) (1 hour 24 minutes)

AFC 1977/017: Miriam M. Maxwell Family Oral History Collection
Six 10-inch tapes in the personal collection of Miriam Maxwell, compiled during the 1960s, mostly in California. Includes young people singing and talking about Civil Rights, War in Vietnam, Peace Corps experience in Ghana, an interview with Prince Modupe and Maxwell's collection of family folklore and oral history, especially: reminiscences of domestic service in Edwardian England, homesteading in British Columbia, living on a farm in Iowa, and a repertory of sentimental and humorous songs and stories from Iowa and South Dakota. [catalog record]

AFS 18,966A1: One tape containing personal reminiscences spoken by Ghanian Prince Modupe recorded near Accra, Ghana, 1967. (15 minutes; LWO 9397 reel 3)

AFS 18,967-18,968: Two tapes containing descriptions of Peace Corps Volunteers' experiences in Ghana recorded ca. 1968. (30 minutes; LWO 9397 reels 4-5)

AFC 1980/012: 1980 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
he 1980 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection consists of manuscript and print materials, audio recordings, graphic materials, and video recordings that document the 1980 concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The annual series, which began in 1977, features the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. The 1980 series was produced with the assistance of the National Council for the Traditional Arts. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following describes material from the August 14, 1980, concert of Ghanaian musc and dance performed by Yacub Addy and Blema Bii (Children of the Ancient) from Washington, D.C.

LWO 16,767: Two 10-inch tapes of drum and vocal music representing the Ashanti, Ewe, Fanti, and Ga peoples performed by Yacub Addy and eight drummers and singers from the Blema Bii (Children of the Ancient) Group of Ghana. Recorded in concert at the Library of Congress Neptune Plaza by Pete Reininger, August 14, 1980. (1 hour and 13 minutes)

AFC 1980/012: Folder 9: One folder of print materials concerning Blema Bii concert of 8-14-80. Contains press releases, correspondence, photocopy of resume of Yacub Tetteh Addy, and identification of people in photos on contact sheet.

AFC 1980/012: Folder 10: Sixty-four black and white images from the Blema Bii concert of 8-14-80. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1982/011: 1982 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
The 1982 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection consists of manuscript and print materials, audio recordings, and graphic materials that document the 1982 concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The annual series, which began in 1977, features the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. The 1982 series was produced with the assistance of the National Council for the Traditional Arts. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following describes material from the May 20, 1982, concert of Ghanaian music and dance performed by Yacub Addy and the Pboade Drumming and Dancing Company of Washington, D.C.

RWA 2,546-2,547: Two 10-inch tapes of instrumental and vocal music representing the Ashanti, Ewe, Fanti, Ga, Gonja, and Oagbani peoples, performed by Yacub Addy and ten dancers and drummers from the Pboade Drumming and Dancing Company. Recorded in concert at the Library of Congress Neptune Plaza by Pete Reininger, May 20, 1982. (1 hour and 15 minutes)

AFC 1982/011: Folder 5: One folder of print materials concerning Oboade Drumming and Dance Company concert of May 20, 1982. Contains press release, news clipping, and biographical sketches.

AFC 1982/011: Envelope 13: Thirty-eight black and white images from the Djimo Kouyate concert on August 19, 1982. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1982/011: Envelope 5-7: Sixty color slides from Oboade Drumming and Dance Company concert of May 20, 1982. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1991/009: Laura Boulton Collection (addition)
Two hundred thirty-nine tapes of music, songs, and lectures recorded in Angola, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Japan, Malaya, Micronesia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Tahiti, Togo, Turkey, the United States, and Zaire by Laura Boulton, 1963-1984. The collection includes 5/8 linear inch of correspondence and tape logs. The collection comprises a supplement to the Laura Boulton cylinder, discs, and tape collection donated by Columbia University, 1973.

AFC 2003/027: Pete and Toshi Seeger Film Collection
Approximately 700 film and audio elements relating to Pete and Toshi Seeger's filmmaking from 1955-1965 at various locations in: Angola, Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Somoa, Sweden, Tanzania, Trinidad, Ukraine, and the United States. In the United States, locations include Beacon, New York; Circle Pines, Michigan; Hamilton, Ohio; Huntsville, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Madison, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Washington, DC, among others. Collection includes three bamboo flutes. [catalog record]

AFC 2007/007: Ghanaian Highlife and Traditional Music Collection
Highlife and traditional music from Ghana transferred onto 47 CDs from commercial 78rpm recordings from the 1930s to the 1960s. The original recordings are held by the Gramophone Records Museum and Research Centre of Ghana under the direction of Kwame Sarpong.

 

 

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