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Andrew Eisenberg collection of East African commercial sound recordings AD.MC.035


New York University Abu Dhabi Library

Collection processed by Emma Chiu and Brad Bauer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 26, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and contents note

The Andrew Eisenberg collection of East African commercial sound recordings contains sound files and associated metadata for hundreds of commercial sound recordings produced for East African audiences, and in particular, African and Arab audiences of the Swahili Coast, between the late 1920s and the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Dr. Andrew J. Eisenberg collected these materials in Mombasa, Kenya, between 2004 and 2006, with the assistance of local collector Jamal Hafidh Jahadhmy.

Most of the recordings in the collection fall within the realm of Swahili-language urban popular music. There are also examples of rural music traditions, colonial-era martial music, recited Swahili poetry, and Swahili comedy sketches.

The collection is comprised of three series:

Series 1: Digital audio captured from 78 r.p.m. records. The source recordings belong to a private collector in Mombasa, Kenya, who wishes to remain anonymous.

Series 2: Digital audio captured from audio cassette recordings of 78- and 45-r.p.m. records. These cassettes belong to Jamal Hafidh Jahadhmy, who created them by carefully transferring the audio recordings from records held in private collections in Mombasa, Kenya.

Series 3: Digital audio transferred from commercially produced audiocassette recordings acquired by Eisenberg in Mombasa between 2004 and 2006.