Digitizing Recordings of Afropop Worldwide

Grant to: World Music Productions (2019)


An award in the amount of $15,000.00 to World Music Productions in 2019.


Peabody Award-winning Afropop Worldwide had been bringing the music and artists of Africa and its diaspora to over 100 US radio stations since 1988. Hosted by Cameroonian Georges Collinet, the series is distributed by Public Radio International. The grant will help fund the preservation of field recordings and interviews with the seminal artists of these regions that were made over a period of 20 years. Audio includes many artists who created styles that have now traveled the world. “We were lucky to travel in Africa and the Caribbean at a time when legends like Franco, Tabu Ley, Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens and so many others were still on the scene,” says Sean Barlow, CEO. “Our interviews and informal recordings are a time capsule to the golden age of African pop, and we are so pleased that these recordings are now being preserved and catalogued for future fans and researchers.”

About the NRPF

The National Recording Preservation Foundation (NRPF) is an independent, charitable organization and registered 501(c)(3) entity. The NRPF works across the United States to foster awareness of the diverse perspectives and communities documented in audio, to support the preservation of historical and at-risk audio collections, and to coordinate resources for the digital preservation of audio recordings. The NRPF was mandated through federal charter by the U.S. Congress under the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-474) and was thereafter duly incorporated in 2010.

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