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
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!
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
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
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
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
Here is a video made by the French National Library (BnF) where I talk about Gallica's sound collections, Malagasy 78rpm records and my mapping project Disquaires de Paris... Check also this interview published on Gallica's blog.
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
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
I try to find 78 rpm records each time I visit a new place, but the lack of information makes it sometimes difficult, so I decided to create a list and a dynamic map of shops and markets worldwide. You can check it here.