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International Library Of African Music opened up for Beating Heart project

Remixes from the International Library Of African Music archives released

The International Library Of African Music has been made available to Ollywood and Chris Pedley’s Beating Heart remix project. Founded in 1954 by Ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey, the archive possesses some 35,000 recordings made across Africa between the 1920s and 70s.

Beating Heart – Malawi is the first album in the series and features remixes by Luke Vibert, Machinedrum, Throwing Shade, Clap! Clap!, Malawian artists Drew Moyo and Sonye, among others. “This effort is intended to familiarise Malawian youth with their music heritage and its value,” says ILAM director Diane Thram. “We are very optimistic about the potential of Beating Heart to contribute in positive ways to humanitarian work in Malawi.” Any money raised will go directly to the communities where the music was originally recorded, via its Garden To Mouth food initiative.

The album is available now via Beating Heart.