Africa Gramophone Records Collection

Custodial History

The collection belongs to the Social Documentation Collection, also called Center for Social Documentation (CSD). The Department of Social Documentation (CSD) was part of the University Library Amsterdam from 1973 to 1990; then transferred to IISH.


Transferred to IISH 1990


The collection was already on a list for the greater part. It has been checked whether the plates are present and information may have been added to the list. The plates in the collection have been renumbered and plates that were not on the list have been added to the list, some of which have been transcribed.


Gramophone records from countries such as Angola, Ethiopia, Kenia, Morocco and South-Africa. Gramophone records consists of various music from Africa. It contains different types of genres such as primitive music, dance music, jazz, rai and anti-apartheid songs.

Highlights of the collection are Khaled Hajj Brahim, better known as Khaled, is an Algerian singer of popular raimusic, a popular genre in the Maghreb. He is best known for his hit Aïcha from 1996, which was in the Top 40 for weeks in the Netherlands and Umm Kulthum, who was an Egyptian singer and musician. Umm Kulthum is a famous and very popular singer from the Arab world. Kulthum performed throughout the Middle East and once in Paris in 1967. Also Thomas Tafirenyika Mapfumo, he is a Zimbabwean musician known as "The Lion of Zimbabwe" and "Mukanya" (the praise name of his clan in the Shona language) for his immense popularity and for the political influence he wields through his music, including his sharp criticism of the government of President Robert Mugabe. He both created and made popular Chimurenga music and his slow-moving style and distinctive voice is instantly recognizable to Zimbabweans.

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List is edited by Priscilla Cats, 2018.