In the footsteps of the Ogooué-Congo Mission

A few months ago, I had the chance to meet the French ethnomusicologist Gilbert Rouget in his apartment in Paris. Rouget joined Paris Musée de l'Homme in 1942 as the assistant to André Schaeffner and was appointed Head of the Ethnomusicology department in 1965. His most famous work is his book "Music and Trance" ("La … Continue reading In the footsteps of the Ogooué-Congo Mission

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A guest post on the British Library’s Sound and Vision blog

A large collection of early record catalogues is available on The British Library's website. I was invited to write a guest post about it for the BL's Sound and Vision blog. Follow this link to read it. Thanks to Jonathan Ward and Suresh Chandvankar for their help and to Andrea Zarza Canova for the invitation!

Acajou et Palissandre: guitar, ukulele and cavaquinho on 78 rpm records

A new 78s mix for 716lavie.com, this one is made of guitar, ukulele and cavaquinho records (solo or accompaniment) from my collection. It features 14 tracks from Spain, Congo, Vietnam, Brazil, Guadeloupe, Zambia, Tahiti, Portugal, Japan.. Big thanks to Guillaume Le Roux from 716 La Vie and to JiHoon Suk who translated the title of … Continue reading Acajou et Palissandre: guitar, ukulele and cavaquinho on 78 rpm records

Lecture about early sound recordings in North Africa and the Middle East at Paris Music Library

I was recently invited to make a lecture about early sound recordings in North Africa and the Middle East at Paris Music Library. For those who can understand French, the video of the lecture is now available online. Thanks to all those who helped me preparing my presentation: Jonathan Ward, Mehdi J Blige, Henri Chamoux, Will … Continue reading Lecture about early sound recordings in North Africa and the Middle East at Paris Music Library

A guest mix of North African 78s for the Vinyl Factory

I made a mix of North African 78 rpm records from my collection and wrote a piece on 78s collecting for The Vinyl Factory. It will let you hear both folk and popular music recordings made in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia from the 1930s to the 1950s. It starts and finishes with hypnotic gasba flute performances … Continue reading A guest mix of North African 78s for the Vinyl Factory

From Alger to Antananarivo – A selection of 78rpm records from Africa

This selection of 26 songs taken from my 78rpm record collection was created for the Paris Music Library. It is a subjective and modest journey through Africa’s sound heritage. It doesn’t aim at offering an exhaustive overview of the various forms of music that have been recorded on the African continent before the vinyl era. … Continue reading From Alger to Antananarivo – A selection of 78rpm records from Africa

Sound heritage and Azeri folk music: a guest contribution in the French Huffington Post

As part of the 2015 European Heritage Days, the French Huffington Post invited the team of the BnF's digital library Gallica to become a one-day community manager. For this occasion, several "Gallicanautes" (these intensive users of Gallica sharing their finds online) were invited to publish an article about a document of their choice. I chose to write … Continue reading Sound heritage and Azeri folk music: a guest contribution in the French Huffington Post

Discovering the lost record stores of Paris

As a collector of 78rpm records, I often come across visual evidences of the activity of now disappeared record stores: illustrated sleeves, stickers, stamps, advertisements, postcards. That’s how I discovered that there used to be a lot of record stores all around Paris and had the idea of Disquaires de Paris. I wanted to provide … Continue reading Discovering the lost record stores of Paris