Dec 6, 2016
Interested in more recordings from Richard Ginbey. Check out this unique index compiled by Jerry Berg.
This is a re-issue of a compilation I made on December 6th 2016. At that time I was thinking about bringing back an audio version of the programme. But at the time, while sorting a vast collection of cassettes, I found one sent to me by Africa media correspondent Richard Ginbey in 1989. Richard was a music presenter, first in South Africa, then in New Zealand, later moving to Windhoek in Namiba. But I guess his passion was listening to his shortwave radio. And with nothing more than a cassette recorder he put together some fascinating portraits of broadcasting history as observed from a listeners’ perspective. Richard also made features which traced the history of broadcasting in Africa, making some recordings which track the path to independence for many countries. I’m pretty sure many of these bandscans from the 1980s and before have long since disappeared from official archives. So, here’s a chance to listen again to Richard Ginbey’s media view. I’ve put together several episodes back to back. Enjoy. There are over 70 minutes of unique material here. Pretty amazed at the quality too. The cassettes have lasted better than some of the reel to reel recordings. Interested? Please send correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org
I made the picture in the North of Benin in 2006 during a trip there with Soule Issiaka.