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Dr

Graeme Counsel

Scholarships Project Officer
African music
Cultural festivals
Mande diaspora
Sound archives
National archives
trans-Atlantic music
Cultural policy
griots
non-Western music
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Dr

Graeme Counsel

 
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Primary Interest
African Studies
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Dr

Graeme Counsel

 

Dr Graeme Counsel is a lecturer, subject coordinator and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. His research projects and publications examine the nexus of popular music and politics, drawing from the disciplines of ethnomusicology and cultural studies.

His research interests encompass African, trans-Atlantic and Asiatic cultures, and focus on music, culture and society in Africa.

Dr Counsel's post-doctoral research includes over two years’ fieldwork in West Africa. From 2008 to 2013 he received three Major Research Project Awards through the Endangered Archives Programme in partnership with The British Library. This funding enabled the collection, preservation and archiving of the Republic of Guinea’s national sound archive, a collection of over 7,500 songs recorded during Guinea's 1st Republic (1958-1984). One of the largest digital collections of African music in the world, his archiving project includes the complete catalogue of the Syliphone recording label, the flagship of the Guinean recording industry. The digital archive is available online through the British Library Sounds website.

Dr Counsel’s digital archive projects were conducted in partnership with Guinea’s Ministry of Culture et Patrimonie and Ministry of Communication, and were exhibited at the National Museum in Conakry as part of the nation's 50th anniversary of independence celebrations. In recognition of his research and contribution to the preservation of national culture, the Guinean government awarded him their highest research honour, the gold medal of the Palme Academique en Or. He was the first non-African and non-Guinean recipient of this award.

The British Library, the Bibliotheque Nationale de Guinee and the archives of Radio Television Guinee hold his archival collections, and Dr Counsel has presented his research projects in a wide variety of fora. He was invited to present at the first international symposium on African popular music: “Revisiter l'histoire des musiques modernes d'Afrique: Retour aux sources”, held in Bamako, Mali. He has presented papers for numerous African Studies conferences and has lectured subjects on African music, ethnomusicology and cultural studies in the faculties of Arts and Music. In Africa he has conducted research with the National Council for Arts and Culture in The Gambia, The West African Research Center in Senegal and The Direction Nationale de la Culture in Mali. In addition to his publications, Dr Counsel compiled five double-volume compact discs of Guinean music, with Folk Roots magazine naming his compilation, “Authenticite - The Syliphone years. Guinea's Orchestres Nationaux and Federaux 1965-1980”, the best packaged album of the year. He has also compiled the first discographies of the shellac and vinyl recording output of the nations of Guinea, Mali, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania, and constructed the first discographies of many early West African recording labels. In Australia he presented African music programmes on public radio and provided commentary for the BBC, ABC, SBS, and African television, radio and print media.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2012

In partnership with The British Library.

Endangered Archives Programme - Major Research Project Award

2009

In partnership with The British Library.

Endangered Archives Programme - Major Research Project Award

2008

Guinea's highest academic honour.

Palme Academique en Or. Republique de Guinee

2008

Diplome d'Honneur. Ministere de la Culture des Arts et Loisirs, Republique de Guinee

2008

In partnership with The British Library.

Endangered Archives Programme - Major Research Project Award

2003

Australian Postgraduate Award

2001

Travel for Research in Postgraduate Study grant

2001

Melbourne Abroad Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship

2001

Alma Hansen Scholarship

2001

M. A. Bartlett Research Scholarship

1996

Ernst Morawetz Prize

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Honorary

Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music

Casual

Arts

Member

International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Member

Australia Western Sahara Association (Victoria)

Member

Mande Studies Association

Secretary

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific

Education


Graduate Certificate in University Teaching

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Music

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Monash University