Radio Africa

by Graeme Counsel


The elephant that will not die: The golden age of Guinean music.
Mande popular music and cultural policies in West Africa: Griots and government policy since independenceGermany: VDM. 2009.
Directory of Africanists in Australasia and the Pacific. 6th edition
. Melbourne: AFSAAP. 2005.

  Book chapters

Forthcoming: "Can YouTube meet academic teaching: A multimedia documentation of Siramori Diabate’s song ‘Nanyuman’", in Searching for sharing: Cultural heritage and multimedia research in Africa. Daniela Merolla & Mark Turin (eds). Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.

"Music for a revolution: The sound archives of Radio Télévision Guinée", in From dust to digital: Ten years of the Endangered Archives Programme, Maja Kominko (ed). Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2015, pp. 547-586. DOI 10.11647/OBP.0052.

"Music in Guinea’s first republic", in Mande-Manding. Background Reading for Ethnographic Research in the Region South of Bamako. Jan Jansen (ed). Leiden: Leiden University, 2004, pp. 284-301.
The return of Mali’s national arts festival", in Mande-Manding. Background Reading for Ethnographic Research in the Region South of Bamako. Jan Jansen (ed). Leiden: Leiden University, 2004, pp. 302-306.

     Refereed journal articles
"Conserving the archives of a national broadcaster". Context. 37, pp. 121-127. 2012.

"Music for a coup - 'Armée Guinéenne'. An overview of Guinea's recent political turmoil". Australasian Review of African Studies. 31 (2), pp. 94-112. 2010.
"Archival and research resources in Conakry, Guinea". History in Africa: A journal of method. 36, pp. 439-445. 2009.
Digitising and archiving Syliphone recordings in Guinea". Australasian Review of African Studies. 30 (1), pp. 144-150. 2009.
"Popular music and politics in Sékou Touré’s Guinea". Australasian Review of African Studies. 26 (1), pp. 26-42. 2004.
"Cultural policy and music in Mali"
Africa Quarterly. 43 (3), pp. 36-51. 2003.

Encylopaedia entries
Forthcoming: "Mande music".
 Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Africa.
Forthcoming: "Africa, West: Guinea". The Sage International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture.

Syliphone records". World Music. Volume 1: Africa & Middle East
. Simon Broughton, Mark Ellingham & Jon Lusk, eds. London: Rough Guides. 2006.

 Selected conference papers and colloquia

"The music archives of Guinea: Nationalism and its representation under Sékou Touré". African renaissance and Australia. Murdoch University, 2013 DOI: 10.13140/2.1.3475.8082.

"Syliphone: The elephant that will not die. Guinean music on the Syliphone recording label.". The Symposium on Modern African Musics. L’Institut Français, Mali. 2011.

"Fieldwork in Africa: Advice for new researchers". Building a common future: Africa and Australasia. State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. 2008.

"The search for Authenticité in a global age: Artists and arts policy in Francophone West Africa". Africans in Australia and outsiders in Africa. Australian National University, Canberra. 2008.

"Cultural policy in Mali". Africa on a Global Stage: Politics, History, Economics and Culture. Flinders University, Adelaide. 2003.

"Cultural policy in Guinea's first republic: Music, militants and myths". Africa Confronts Globalisation. Macquarie University, Sydney. 2002.

"Music’s political dimension in West Africa". African Identities. University of Adelaide, Adelaide. 2000.


     Non-refereed publications
"A guide to The Syliphone Archive". British Library Sounds. 2016.

Diplomacy pays" ["Les Ambassadeurs of African music"]. fRoots, 374/375, pp. 35-37. 2014.
"Guinea radio archives. Rescuing the reels". f
Roots. 360, pp. 35-37. 2013.
"In reel time: Saving Africa's endangered archives". 
. Spring, pp. 21-23. 2009.

"Regionalisation". fRoots. 225, pp. 45, 47. 2002.

"Golden Guinea". fRoots. 211/212, pp. 46-47, 49. 2001.


     Compact Discs (compiler and annotator)
Sterns Classic Guinean Orchestra Series, comprising of:

Keletigui et ses Tambourinis. The Syliphone yearsSterns. STCD 3031-32. 2 x compact discs. 2009.
Balla et ses Balladins. The Syliphone yearsSterns. STCD 3035-36. 2 x compact discs. 2008.
Bembeya Jazz National. The Syliphone years. Hits and rare recordingsSterns. STCD 3029-30. 2 x compact discs. 2007.
AuthenticitéThe Syliphone years. Guinea's Orchestres Nationaux and Federaux 1965 - 1980Sterns. STCD 3025-26. 2 x compact discs. 2007.
Bembeya Jazz National. The Syliphone Years.
 Sterns. STCD 3021-22.  2 x compact discs. 2005.


    Compact Discs (contributor)
Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako.
Sterns. STCD 3065-66. 2 x compact discs. 2014.
Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979
. Analog Africa. AACD 70. 2011. 
Rail Band. Belle époque. Volume 3. Dioba. Sterns. STCD 3043-44. 2 x compact discs. 2009.
Rail Band. Belle époque. Volume 2. Mansa. Sterns. STCD 3039-40. 2 x compact discs. 2008.
African Pearls. Congo 70: Rumba rock. Discograph. 6139342. Compact disc. 2008.
Rail Band. Belle époque. Volume 1. Soundiata. Sterns. STCD 3033-34. 2 x compact discs. 2007.

     Scholarly reviews

Fela: Kalakuta notes, by John Collins. Notes. The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association. 73 (3), pp. 516-518. 2017

Burkina Faso musiques. Modern Voltaïques (and) Musiques modernes et traditionnelles du Mali, by Florent Mazzoleni. Australasian Review of African Studies. 33 (1), pp. 192-194. 2012.

Stirring the pot: A history of African cuisine, by Peter McCann. Australasian Review of African Studies. 32 (1), pp. 154-155. 2011.

Ouidah. The social history of a West African slaving ‘port’. 1727-1892, by Robin Law. Australasian Review of African Studies. 29, pp. 162-163. 2008.

Conflict & collusion in Sierra Leone, by David Keen. Australasian Review of African Studies. 28, pp. 168-170. 2006/2007.

Sunjata. A West African epic of the Mande peoples, by David C. Conrad. Australasian Review of African Studies. 27 (1), pp. 96-100. 2005.

Eurafricans in Western Africa. Contested arenas of commerce, social status, gender, and religious observance, by George E. Brooks. Australasian Review of African Studies. 26 (2), pp. 76-77. 2004.

Culture & text: Discourse and methodology in social research and cultural studies, by Alison Lee & Cate Poynton (eds). University of Melbourne Postgraduate Review. 6 (1), p. 45. 2004.


     Web publications
Kanté Manfila - in memoriam
Talibé Traoré - in memoriam

Abdoul Karim "Chuck Berry" Camara - in memoriam