The [Re:]Entanglements project’s work on the historic sound archives from Northcote Thomas’s anthropological surveys in Nigeria and Sierra Leone has recently been the subject of two radio programmes.
Project lead, Paul Basu, was interviewed in November 2019 by Fred Molin for a programme on SOAS Radio called Professor Playlist. Like BBC Radio Four’s Desert Island Discs, guests are asked to select a number of audio tracks. Paul chose to talk about the [Re:]Entanglements project and selected a combination of original Northcote Thomas wax cylinder recordings from the early twentieth century, field recordings of communities’ responses when these archival materials are returned, and re-recordings of the original tracks sponsored by the project.
A programme about Northcote Thomas’s sound recordings and the [Re:]Entanglements was also broadcast on the German radio station BR Klassik in March 2020. This was the first in a series entitled Virtuelle Archive für Feldaufnahmen (Virtual archives for field recordings) produced by ethnomusicologist Helen Hahmann. The German-language programme, which also includes many clips of Northcote Thomas’s wax cylinder recordings, can be accessed by clicking on the screen shot below.
For more on [Re:]Entanglements’ work with Northcote Thomas’s wax cylinder recordings see:
- Sound recording in the field, Agila, 1913
- Otuo wrestling festival, July 1909
- Alele, Ọja, Flute
- Fieldnotes: Kuranko flute
- A musical journey in the footsteps of N. W. Thomas
- Revisiting some Awka folksongs, guest blog by Samson Uchenna Eze
- It is I who come, Onyeso …
- Traditional Nigerian Folktales
- Archival Soundscapes with Onyeka Igwe