Robert Garfias collection (Africa), 1960

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert
Robert Garfias collection (Africa)
15 items  :  EC - 6 audio reels (see contents for formats); 9 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 4:48:06; Finding Aid
Collection Number
Sound recordings made by or collected by Robert Garfias in 1960 from Ghana and Madagascar.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top


2013-25.1 - From box spine: Ghana - Akan Dances, Ga and Highlife - Dubs of Hood field masters (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. mono, 7") (48:19; 47:00; Total = 1:35:19)

2013-25.2 - From box spine: Ghana: Ewe and Horn bands - Hood field masters, dubs (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. mono, 7") (37:10; 38:24; Total = 1:15:34)

2013-25.3 - From box spine: Ghana: Fanti, Lobi, Fon don - from dubs of Hood Field Masters (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. mono, 7") (18:43; 28:52; Total = 47:35)

2013-25.4 - From back of tape box: Ghana - frogs (7 1/2 ips, 1/4 tr. stereo, 5") (7:44)

2013-25.5 - From spine & back of tape box: Malagasy I - Madagascar - Norma McLeod [fieldwork 1962-63] - Dubs (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 7") (31:57)

2013-25.6 - From spine & back of tape box: Malagasy II - Norma McLeod [fieldwork 1962-63] - dubs (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 7") (29:57)

Also see Norma McLeod's article, "The Status of Musical Specialists in Madagascar," Ethnomusicology, Vol.8, No. 3 (Sept. 1964), pp 278-289.

Transmission Data: Digital files created Feb.-March 2014 - 2013-25.1_A.wav, 2013-25.1_B.wav, 2013-25.2_A.wav, 2013-25.2_B.wav, 2013-25.3_A.wav, 2013-25.3_B.wav, 2013-25.4_A.wav, 2013-25.5_A.wav, 2013-25.6_A.wav (48 kHz, 24-bit); no Work Discs produced.

Documentation: Photo-copy of notes written on tape boxes

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Dance--Ghana
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Ewe (African people)
  • Folk songs, Ewe
  • Music--Ghana

Geographical Names

  • Africa
  • Ghana
  • Madagascar
  • Traditional Ghana

Form or Genre Terms

  • Sound recordings