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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

IS 451: Bibliography of Africa - Music

This guide outlines key resources and search techniques for finding African music resources.

Search Tips and Subject Headings

Always start with what you know! Try searching for a style, country, region, or ethnic group and the term music. Then, apply the Audio filter under Resource Type and evaluate your results to see how they are described. Check to see which Subjects are used to describe the topic -- you can then click on these to find related materials or use them to develop new search terms. 

Examples of Subjects include:

Additionally, see our guide on finding music materials:

Discographies and Recommended Resources

Discographies are descriptive catalogs for musical recordings. They're a lot like bibliographies, which are for text sources, and often focus on specific performers, genres, record labels, regions, or more. They can help you find and identify recordings. 

Streaming Collections