John Brearley Botswana Collection

Number of items in collection: 1007

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Recordings in this collection can be played by anyone.

John Brearley’s collection is an ongoing work that began with his first trip to Botswana in July 1982 to investigate and record traditional music, and to observe to what extent the influence of radio and recorded music had interrupted the use of traditional instruments. In particular he wanted to learn about the music of the Basarwa (San / Bushmen) and so the collection includes recordings from a range of Bushmen groups including the !Kung, Nharo and Makoko and features performances of healing dances, games, and instrumental tunes on a range of indigenous instruments.

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