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

"YouTube in academic teaching: A multimedia documentation of Siramori Diabate’s song ‘Nanyuman’", in Searching for Sharing: Heritage and Multimedia in Africa. Daniela Merolla & Mark Turin (eds). Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2017, pp. 81-108.

"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.

     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.


     Other publications
"A guide to The Syliphone Archive". British Library Sounds. 2016.

Abdoul Karim "Chuck Berry" Camara - in memoriam. 2014.
"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.
Kanté Manfila - in memoriam. 2011.
Talibé Traoré - in memoriam. 2010.
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.


     Scholarly reviews

In Print. Copyright Africa: How intellectual property, media and markets transform immaterial cultural goods. Ute Röschenthaler & Mamadou Diawara (eds). Anthropos. 112, 2017.
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, Alison Lee & Cate Poynton (eds). University of Melbourne Postgraduate Review. 6 (1), p. 45. 2004.


     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.