Unveiling old recordings from Mozambique: conservation strategies and digitization

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Unveiling old recordings from Mozambique: conservation strategies and digitization procedures
presents priority tasks in the digitization of a set of 46 open reel tapes, of cellulose acetate and polyes- ter based magnetic tapes. Infiltration problems and humidity in the archive caused severe attack by fungi, compromising the physical and chemical integrity of the set and the related written information. The conservation strategies stopped degradation and restored the chemical and physical stability and the digitization allowed the study of this set which includes examples sung in Ronga, Tzonga, Chitsua, Macua, Manica, Gi-tonga, Xi-Ndau, Xi-Ngoni. It comprises themes, from work and dance melodies, to lullabies and ritual practices, sung with timbila, mbira, violin, and drums. The information recovered from the audio carriers was added to the online relational database with a full set of normalized meta- data.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2019
EventInternational Symposium Musics in Africa: Listening to Mozambique - Biblioteca Municipal Palácio Galveias, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 5 Dec 20196 Dec 2019


OtherInternational Symposium Musics in Africa
Abbreviated titleISMA'19
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