Call for help: Ghana music archive flooded

The BAPMAF Music Archive in Accra, Ghana, one of largest libraries of highlife, afrobeat and traditional West African music, suffered serious damage following a devastating flood in October.

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The archive was founded in 1990 by Dr. John Collins to preserve the legacy of highlife music and stimulate research in Ghanaian musical traditions. Collins is one of the foremost collectors of classic West African music and author of the upcoming music histiography "Highlife Giants," to be published by Cassava Republic Press. For more information about the archive click here.

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The archive has since grown to include over 700 photographs, 600 publications, over 700 highlife recordings. Several of these invaluable materials as well as electronic archives and the website were destroyed in the flood.

Dr. Collins and his team are calling for donations to help rebuild what may be the largest collection of West African highlife and traditional music in the world. Please send your donations through the secure Paypal account on the link here.  All donations will be gratefully welcomed.


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