CBMR Digest is a publication of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago

ISSN # 2168-3301spring 2013 | Volume 26, No. 1

A Researcher and an Unprocessed Collection Meet

The interplay between researchers and materials contained in the CBMR Library and Archives was demonstrated in March when a DePaul University doctoral student, whose research focuses on African popular music, visited the CBMR to view video in the Gerhard Kubik/Moya Malamusi collection of materials on music and dance in Africa. During his visit, the researcher was also able to browse the recently received Rich Kirby collection of recordings and books on South African popular music. Though an inventory for this new collection was not yet available, the researcher found several LPs to be thought-provoking (one with a comic book or graphic novel style booklet insert, pictured here), as well as the small book “How to Play Zimbabwe’s Mbira Huru using a Very Simple Number Method” by “Mr. Kanga-Fry” Katonje Judah Nembire (Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Mbira Music Distance Education Project (Pvt) Ltd., 1995). The researcher observed that the book contains an intriguing teaching approach—“linear, arrhythmic, bilateral.” The discovery of such materials in new and as yet unprocessed collections creates points of entry into the collections and provides the reference staff with information about the location of particularly rich or unusual items.

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