Virtual Tour of the island of Gorée and the Slave House which was used to imprison slaves before they were sent to America during the slave trade. Unfortunetaly, the video file does not work, but you can watch the pictures and read the captions. [editors ilissAfrica]
Gallica is the virtual library of the National Library of France. Through its African collection you have access to the accounts, photographs etc of travellers to / exploreres of Africa. The virtual library holds 900 text documents (partly whole books in full text), 30 journals, 80 maps, 20 hours auf audio material and 6,500 photographs. In the year 2002, furthermaterial was meant to be added. You have four possibilities of access: free search of the catalogue, browsing via geography, topic and journals.
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Founded in 1954 by Hugh Tracey, ILAM is the greatest repository of African music in the world. A research institution devoted to the study of music and oral arts in Africa, it preserves thousands of historical recordings going back to 1929 and supports contemporary fieldwork. It is currently digitizing its collections. Its journal, African Music, is nearly into its fourth decade. ... [according to site editor's information]
Julia Winckler, member of the Heinrich-Barth-Society, published a multimedia presentation about Heinrich Barth in cooperation with the University in Brighton: The project "Retracing Heinrich Barth" follows Barth on his journey through West Africa (Niger) and shows films, videos and pictures about the sites he visited and people remembering him. The multimedia show also presents anthropological and historical results in research as well as personal records of Barth's journeys.
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Site is also commercial (sells African textiles), but at the same time, it provides you with extensive information on African textiles, there history, production, origin, way of wearing, use etc. The site includeds many ancient photographs. As the site is very chaotical concerning the linking between the different pages and hence you will not find everything at first glance, please consider the tips and direct links in the summary. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
The Gerd Meuer Archive offers a lot of material (photographs, articles etc.) about African literature and music between the 1970s and 1990s which are based on interviews Ger Meuer led with African Auhtors and Musicians as well as many festivals etc. he attended and reported on. You will find online many photographs of and also audio files of interviews with famous writers (e.g. Leopold Sedar Senghor, Mariama Bâ, Amadou Kourouma, Camara Laye, Francis Bebey, Meja Mwangi, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Emmanuel Dongala, Chinua Achebe, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Wole Soyinka, Nuruddin Farah, Taban Lo Liyong, Bessie Head, Dambudzo Marechera, Shimmer Chinodya, Chenjerai Hove)
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The Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage which has been identified by the International Advisory Committee in its meetings and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO as corresponding to the selection criteria for world significance. You will find a short description of the heritage items and the nomination form. For the Christopher Okigbo collection: photographs of unpublished work on single original manuscript pages.
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