Recomposing the archive? On sound and (hi)story in Damara / ǂNūkhoe pasts, from Basel to west Namibia

Sullivan, S and Ganuses, W.S (2021) 'Recomposing the archive? On sound and (hi)story in Damara / ǂNūkhoe pasts, from Basel to west Namibia.' Oral History, 49 (2). pp. 95-108. ISSN 0143-0955

[img]
Preview
Text
14159.pdf - Accepted Version
Repository Terms Apply.

Download (2MB) | Preview
Official URL: https://www.ohs.org.uk/scripts/journal-search.php?...

Abstract

We explore interconnected texts in a ‘coloniser archive’ of stories, songs and historic narratives in Khoekhoegowab, recorded by German linguist Ernst Dammann and his wife Ruth in Namibia in 1953-1954 and housed in Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Switzerland. We outline the ‘re-ordering’ strategy enabling us to ‘release’ information caught by the Dammanns, and work towards culturally contextualised understandings of the pasts spoken of by their interviewees. We engage with a specific recording as a multivalent object prompting recall of both autobiographical and cultural/collective memory, sharing an initial recomposition of a song from this recording as an initiative to amplify its content and reach through a contemporary mix drawing on electronic music-making possibilities. We close by reflecting briefly on pragmatic copyright issues arising through this reworking of the archived Dammann recordings.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Khoekhoegowab, sound recordings, recomposition, music, Namibia
Divisions: School of Humanities
Related URLs:
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2021 16:34
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 09:13
Request a change to this item or report an issue Request a change to this item or report an issue
Update item (repository staff only) Update item (repository staff only)