The Radio Télévision Guinée sound archive
In 2008, 2009 and 2012-2013 I received Major Research
through the British Library's Endangered Archive's Programme to
archive, digitise and preserve
9,410 songs were archived, spanning the years from 1960 to
2000, with the bulk recorded between 1967 to 1984 at the height of Guinea's
copies of the Syliphone1 recordings (on compact disc) are kept
at the Bibliothèque
National de Guinée.
The entire archival collection is also available there, and from
the RTG offices.
In celebration of 10 years of the Endangered Archives Programme, Open Book Publishers released From dust to digital: Ten years of the Endangered Archives Programme (edited by Maja Kominko). It contains my chapter on the RTG projects - "Music for a revolution: The sound archives of Radio Télévision Guinée". 22 songs from the RTG archive are embedded in the pdf file.Personal reports on each project are also available at these links -
EAP 187: "Syliphone – an early African recording label" (2008)
EAP 327: "Guinea's Syliphone archives" (2009)
EAP 608: "Guinea's Syliphone archives II" (2012-2013).
At this web page I will include notes on particular recordings. I also ask for your own input, so if you have something to add which could contribute to the knowledge of a particular recording then please contact me.
Syliphone 2-068 - Orchestre Mamadi Kourouma
As per the hand-written cover of the reel, I archived this recording as "Orchestre Honoré Coppet". Linké Condé, the chef d'orchestre Keletigui et ses Tambourinis, assured me that the orchestra was in fact the "Orchestre Mamadi Kourouma", after the group's alto sax player. I can also add these personnel to the songs:
Syliphone 2-068-01 - Mamadi Kourouma (flute), Linké Condé (guitar), Jean Fanga (drums)
Syliphone 2-068-02 - Mamadi Kourouma (alto sax), Djigui Touré (trumpet)
Syliphone 2-068-03 - Honoré Coppet (1st solo - sax)
3-248 - the Syli Orchestre Nationale
Syliphone 3-248-03 - Kerfala
"Grand Papa" Diabaté
(guitar solo); Djigui Touré, Balla Onivogui and Jack Young
The "EAP187 - Collection 1" recordings (digital catalogue numbers Syliphone1-001 to Syliphone1-159) refer to the 2008 project whereby the complete Syliphone catalogue was re-created from the vinyl originals.
The "EAP187 - Collection 2" recordings (digital catalogue numbers Syliphone2-001 to Syliphone2-129) refer to the 2008 project which commenced the digitisation of the audio reels held at the RTG.
The "EAP327" recordings (digital
catalogue numbers Syliphone3-001 to Syliphone3-335) refer
to the 2009 project which continued the digitisation of the audio reels held at
The "EAP608" recordings (digital catalogue numbers Syliphone4-001 to Syliphone4-827) refer to the 2012-2013 project which completed the digitisation of the audio reels held at the RTG.