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What

Recording Africa is a not for profit music based charity label which records endangered traditional music in diminishing communities around Africa.

In exchange for recording the music, support and resources are provided for communities. Resources like: nutritional, educational, medical supplies & building materials.

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Who

The Recording Africa team: founders Olly Burton and Tobias Brent and; director Alex Blogg.

However there have been many other people who have given their time and skills to help, for which we are all very thankful.

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How

100% of donations go to helping communities in Africa. All funds for operations are raised separately. Aid is distributed to African communities in exchange for recording their music.

This music becomes available for you and the rest of the world to enjoy!

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Our Mission

To document lessening music culture with audio and video technology.
To exchange recordings fairly for sustainable resources.

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FAQ

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+ When did Recording Africa Start?

Recording Africa started in 2010 when Olly Burton and Tobias Brent met while studying music in Leeds. With  a shared passion for travelling and world music, they were keen to combine the two in a worthwhile project. The idea started with biking down the spine of Africa, carrying a couple of audio recorders, locating altruistic music and sharing it with those interested in the journey.
+ What happens to my donation?

100% received from donations goes straight back to supporting communities and musicians of Africa. Every community and struggling musician you see on the Senegal documentary was resourcefully supported with the money raised from crowd sourcing in 2011. For future projects to succeed, we need to set our sights higher and raise enough to make sustainable development in the places visited. So far, we’ve managed to fund our voluntary crew externally and we hope to keep it that way!
+ Why African music?

Much of the traditional music of Africa represents a truly altruistic artistic expression. Unlike the majority of western influenced music, the songs and ceremonies demonstrated in many rural communities show an art unaffected and untouched by commercialism. With many villagers leaving their homes to find work in nearby towns and cities, much of this music is on the decline and we feels like it would be a great shame to leave it undocumented. Recording Africa’s recordings are samples of a communities’ or musicians’ music at the time we visited. In some areas, the music is diminishing, but forever evolving too.
+ What do the sales of the album-documentary package go towards?

After our costs are covered in producing the package, we aim to treat every sale the same as a donation. We are on the look out for external funding so that the musicians and communities that produce the music can get their fair share.
+ How can I volunteer to help?

There are different scales of volunteering. At the very least, please comment and like posts on our facebook and twitter pages. Buy and share the documentary and music package with your friends and families. Furthermore, if you’d like to be involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email, phone, social media, etc. We are always overjoyed to meet like-minded people.

The Recording Africa Team

Oliver Burton

Olly has always been fascinated with the idea of travelling and recording music. Picking up a passion for exploring, following a year long trip around South America, Olly has combined his two passions into one.

Tobias Brent

Tobias has always had a passion for world music and travelling. Having a degree in music production, he now wants to pursue a career recording endangered music from around the world… starting with Africa.

Alex Blogg

Alex, with his multi-media talents, came on board with Recording Africa at the end of 2012. With much experience in the media world, his passions lie with documentary making and website building.

 

20MM Productions

To check out more of their unique and professional work, visit their website

The 20MM team, Michael Osborne (Leeds) and Matt Prior (Brighton), joined forces with Recording Africa a month before the Senegal trip. Michael Osborne, a gifted audio engineer, tried his hand at cinematography and uncovered a natural gift as he brought, from behind the camera, the Senegalese music and scenery to life. Upon return, Matt Prior and Olly Burton spent many an evening editing the documentary in both Brighton and London. Through persistance and dedication, Matt skilfully and patiently took over 100 hours of Michael’s camera work and compressed it into half an hour.

Michael Osborne

Not only did Michael capture the trip through Matt’s lens, he also edited the audio of the documentary; a man of many talents! He is currently completing the last year of his Audio Engineering degree in Leeds and afterwards aims to continue working on documentaries and films with his mad multimedia skills.

Matt Prior

Although Matt couldn’t make it to Senegal, his camera did, which made it easier for him to both edit and colour the documentary in post. Matt is a trainee camera operator building his showreel from the south and will soon move to London to continue his cultivating career.