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World Music Guide: Central Africa

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Central Africa MapGabonCentral African RepublicCameroonCongoZaire

The ASU Music Library has a small selection of materials about central Africa. Try a subject search on "music africa central" for CDs and books. Listed countries have at least one recording or text.

General Sources:

The best general reference book on African music is Africa, volume one from the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Music Reference ML 100 .G16 1998 v.1). Pages 649-698 deal specifically with the music of central Africa. A CD is included with the volume.

Cameroon

Central African Republic

  • Search the WNCLN catalog for books and recordings: "music central african republic"
  • Read about the music of Central African Republic in the New Grove II online
  • Also see the article on "Musical Life in the Central African Republic" by Michelle Kisliuk in the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, v. 1 pp. 681-698 (Music Reference ML 100 .G16 1998).

Congo

Gabon

Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

  • Search the WNCLN catalog for books and recordings: "music zaire"
  • Read about the music of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the New Grove II online

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