Interviews with ethnomusicologists

Lucy Durán interviewed by Carolyn Landau. (2 of 2).

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  • Interviewees

    Durán, Lucy (speaker, female, interviewee)

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    Landau, Carolyn (speaker, female, interviewer)

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    Landau, Carolyn (speaker, female

  • Abstract

    Track 2 [29 mins, 29 secs] [Session one, continued: 30 June 2011] Comments on beginning of regular visits to Gambia for field recordings and interviews and first published articles about Kora. [01:49] Started part time job in Africa department at SOAS in 1992. Describes job. Mentions Anthony King who had taught Hausa music. Describes growing interest in Malian music, travelling there in 1986 and doing PhD in 1999. Mentions Amadu Bansang Jobarteh and Dembo Konte. Describes concept of mastery in relation to women. [06:45] Describes development of the course at SOAS and lack of African music networks. [8:48] Reflects on French school of traditional music and differences in Anglophone scholarship. Mentions Osibisa, Arthur Morris (AM) Jones and Ghanian music scholarship in the US. Mentions first Manding study conference at SOAS in 1972 and concert for Ted Heath. Interviewed David Rycroft and Wachsmann. Lists scholars of African music at the time - Peter Cook, David Rycroft, AM Jones (though LD never met him), John Blacking. Describes contact with scholars in Paris, such as Gilbert Rouget, and methods of working with them. [14:02] Describes how radio career began - meeting with Madeau Stewart. Mentions Willie Robson and Music of Royal Courts festival for which she invited Sidiki Diabaté and Toumani Diabaté and Mariam, and others, as well as writing and presenting script. [16:40] Comments on development of Ethnomusicology in relation to World Music; reflects on bringing Kora music to UK. Mentions media figures involved in 1980s, including Charlie Gillett, Andy Kershaw, Ian Anderson. Record labels like Globestyle and Joe Boyd of Hannibal Records. Mentions Salif Keita and Ali Farka Touré as being important. [21:00] Reflects on enmity between academia and media and difficulty of being part of both. [22:45] Comments on effect on academia of growing public and media interest in world music. Mentions effect of Buena Vista Social Club. [28:00] Outlines concerns about the future of her collections, both recordings and photographs.

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    Interview with Lucy Durán (2 of 2). The ethnomusicologist talks about her research. Interviewer: Carolyn Landau.

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