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Wanted: field recordings from Africa

Cities and Memory is looking for contributions of field recordings from across Africa as part of our global mapping of the sounds of the world.

Our global sound map is one of the biggest sound projects in the world, with 5,000 sounds covering more than 100 countries and territories, and more than 1,000 artists taking part.

Cities and Memory has been founded on the principle of openness and inclusivity, and at times it has been challenging to cover the sounds of Africa as readily as any other continent – so we’re seeking to address that balance with this open call.

Field recordings of any type – whether urban life, nature or anything in between – are welcome, and should be submitted as WAV files of between 1 minute and 20 minutes in length, along with their location and a brief description of what we can hear.

Sounds can be submitted at this link:

Sounds will then be allocated to artists to use them as the basis for a new recomposition – after which they will join the 5,000 sounds already on our global sound map as part of the Cities and Memory project.

Please do spread the word if you know someone who might be interested in helping out with some African field recordings!