About the Project

The Sound Archives of Radio Rurale de Kayes
Project Grant

Radio Rurale de Kayes, the first non-state radio of Mali, opened in 1988. In a peripheral region where local travel is difficult, the radio team engaged in intensive fieldwork to collect popular songs and oral traditions and record broadcasts. Operating mainly in vernacular languages, the radio covered local events and developed original programs such as literacy lessons and radio theatre. The aim of the project is to digitize the collection of audio-cassettes kept at the station, a unique cultural repository with value in Kayes and beyond.

Project Leads

  • Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
  • Darrar Ben Zaour Maguiraga, Association des Radiodiffuseurs de Kayes (Mali)

Host Institution

Association des Radiodiffuseurs de Kayes (ARKDR)

More Information

  • Abdoulaye Dramé, Ada Cavazzani, Seydou Diallo et Mamadou Konaté à Mokoyafara, 1988. Coll. GAO.
    Ensuring Access to Radio Rurale de Kayes
    MEAP-funded Cultural Mediators conducted field work across Mali to engage communities in the creation of metadata. This work ensures robust description and open access to the digital collection.

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