New event series: Hidden Archives Vinyl Listening Sessions
On Wednesday 3 April, Stellenboschers will have a rare opportunity to listen to vinyls from the Hidden Years Archive, one of the most extensive archives of popular music in South Africa. Collected mainly by Ben Segal, the vinyl collection is now housed at Stellenbosch University, but for reasons of preservation and copyright, accessing this treasure trove of music is tricky.
Since the collection needs to be preserved, the records cannot be made available to the general public, or played over and over because vinyl deteriorates each time it is played. The records also cannot be digitized and made available on a website because of copyright restrictions. How, then, can one open up this hidden treasure to broader listeners?
The Hidden Years Archive has asked two vinyl collectors, Atiyyah Khan and Rob Machiri, to select records from the archive and play them at a public listening session on 3 April at 18:00. The evening will start with a conversation about the comeback vinyl records have made in recent years, the process of finding and collecting them, and why they are significant in the current digital age. The rest of the evening will be devoted to listening: from South African classics to Afrobeat, from rare jazz recordings to rock and its fusions. It is guaranteed that listeners will hear music that is not available on YouTube, Spotify or your local record store.
The Hidden Archives Vinyl Listening session will be on 3 April, 18:00-21:00 at GUS (cnr. Dorp and Bird Street, Stellenbosch). It’s a free event, all are welcome. The Hidden Archives Vinyl Listening sessions are organized by the Hidden Years Archive and ifPOP (the Interdisciplinary Forum for Popular Music) at Africa Open Institute, Stellenbosch University, in collaboration with FUNGUS.