Repatriating Archival Sound Recordings to Revive Traditions: The Role of the Klaus Wachsmann Recordings in the Revival of the Royal Music of Bunyoro-Kitara, Uganda

  title={Repatriating Archival Sound Recordings to Revive Traditions: The Role of the Klaus Wachsmann Recordings in the Revival of the Royal Music of Bunyoro-Kitara, Uganda},
  author={Samuel Kahunde},
  journal={Ethnomusicology Forum},
  pages={197 - 219}
This article is a case study of archiving and repatriation of sound recordings to the communities of their origin. Klaus Wachsmann recorded the traditional folk music of Uganda, including that of the kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara, in 1949, 1950 and 1954. These recordings were later deposited at the British Library, digitised and put online, but were accessible only to higher and further education institutions in the United Kingdom that had signed a licence. When the British Library recently opened… 

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