Hugh Tracey

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British ethnomusicologist ( Born: Willand, Devon, UK, 29 January 1903 – Died: Krugersdorp, South Africa, 23 October 1977).
He began making field recordings of music in the early 20's, through the 70's, founded The International Library of African Music (ILAM) in 1954, and developed an adaptation of the African thumb piano Mbira, known as the Kalimba. Director of the Music of Africa Series.
The SWP Records series Historical Recordings By Hugh Tracey gathers most of his African recordings on 22 CDs.
His sons Andrew Tracey and Paul Tracey became musicians and musicologists too.
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Albums

LF 1255 Hugh Tracey - African Dances Of The Witwatersrand Gold Mines, Part 2 album art Hugh Tracey African Dances Of The Witwatersrand Gold Mines, Part 2 (Album) Decca LF 1255 South Africa 1952 Sell This Version
LF 1084 Hugh Tracey - Songs & Instrumental Music Of Tanganyika album art Hugh Tracey, Various Hugh Tracey, Various - Songs & Instrumental Music Of Tanganyika(10", Album, Mono) Decca LF 1084 South Africa 1952 Sell This Version
LF 1172 Hugh Tracey - Congo - Songs And  Dances album art Hugh Tracey Congo - Songs And Dances Decca LF 1172 South Africa 1952 Sell This Version
LF 1169 Hugh Tracey - Congo Drums album art Hugh Tracey Congo Drums London Records LF 1169 UK 1952 Sell This Version
LF 1173 Hugh Tracey - Music Of The Uganda Protectorate album art Hugh Tracey Music Of The Uganda Protectorate (Album) London Records LF 1173 US 1952 Sell This Version
LF 1254, LF.1254 Hugh Tracey -  African Dances Of The Witwatersrand Gold Mines Part 1 ‎  album art Chopi Tribe*, Tswa Tribe*, Pedi Tribe*, Shangaan Tribe* Recorded By Hugh Tracey Chopi Tribe*, Tswa Tribe*, Pedi Tribe*, Shangaan Tribe* Recorded By Hugh Tracey - African Dances Of The Witwatersrand Gold Mines Part 1 ‎ (Album) Decca, Decca LF 1254, LF.1254 South Africa 1953 Sell This Version
LF 1225 Hugh Tracey - Music Of Africa Series N°.11 album art Hugh Tracey Music Of Africa Series N°.11 Decca LF 1225 South Africa 1953 Sell This Version
GALP 1481, GALP.1481 Hugh Tracey - Down By The River album art Hugh Tracey Down By The River Gallotone, Gallotone GALP 1481, GALP.1481 South Africa 1966 Sell This Version
GALP 1328 Hugh Tracey - The Lion On The Path And Other African Stories album art Hugh Tracey The Lion On The Path And Other African Stories(LP, Album, Mono) Gallo GALP 1328 South Africa 1966 Sell This Version
LK 4916 Hugh Tracey - The Bird Of The Valley And Other African Stories album art Hugh Tracey The Bird Of The Valley And Other African Stories Decca LK 4916 UK 1968 Sell This Version
LK 4914 Hugh Tracey - The Lion On The Path And Other African Stories album art Hugh Tracey The Lion On The Path And Other African Stories(LP, Album, Mono) Decca LK 4914 UK 1968 Sell This Version
LK 4915 Hugh Tracey - More African Stories album art Hugh Tracey More African Stories(LP, Mono) Decca LK 4915 UK 1968 Sell This Version
DLPL 319/20 Hugh Tracey - African Dances Of The Witwatersrand Gold Mines, Part 12/13 album art Hugh Tracey African Dances Of The Witwatersrand Gold Mines, Part 12/13(2xLP) Gallo Record Company DLPL 319/20 South Africa 1975 Sell This Version
DLPL 397/8 Hugh Tracey - Instruments Of Africa album art Hugh Tracey Instruments Of Africa Gallo DLPL 397/8 South Africa 1977 Sell This Version
MMTL 1285, GALP 1234 Hugh Tracey - Musical Instruments 3 Drums album art Hugh Tracey Musical Instruments 3 Drums Gallo, Gallo MMTL 1285, GALP 1234 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
MMTL 1283 Hugh Tracey - The Music of Africa Series No. 27 Musical Instruments 1. Strings album art Hugh Tracey The Music of Africa Series No. 27 Musical Instruments 1. Strings(LP) Gallo MMTL 1283 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
DGL 892/3 Hugh Tracey - African Dances Of The Witwatersrand Gold Mines album art Hugh Tracey African Dances Of The Witwatersrand Gold Mines(2xLP) Gallo Record Company DGL 892/3 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
LF. 1174 Hugh Tracey - Music Of Africa Series No. 9 African Stories Told By Hugh Tracey  album art Hugh Tracey Music Of Africa Series No. 9 African Stories Told By Hugh Tracey Decca LF. 1174 UK Unknown Sell This Version
LD 9221, LD.9221 Hugh Tracey - The Best Recordings Of 1953 Part 1 (African Music Society's Choice) album art Hugh Tracey The Best Recordings Of 1953 Part 1 (African Music Society's Choice) Decca, Decca LD 9221, LD.9221 UK Unknown Sell This Version
GALP 1503, No. 36 Hugh Tracey - The Music Of Africa Series No. 36 Instruments 7  Guitars 2 album art Various, Recorded by Hugh Tracey* Various, Recorded by Hugh Tracey* - The Music Of Africa Series No. 36 Instruments 7 Guitars 2 Gallo, Music Of Africa Series GALP 1503, No. 36 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
SCP 139 Hugh Tracey - Tribal Tales For Children 1 album art Hugh Tracey Tribal Tales For Children 1(7", MiniAlbum) Not On Label SCP 139 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
LT. 15 117, LT. 15 118 Hugh Tracey - Talks For Magazine Programmes - No. 20 album art Hugh Tracey Talks For Magazine Programmes - No. 20(LP, Transcription) South African Broadcasting Corporation, South African Broadcasting Corporation LT. 15 117, LT. 15 118 Unknown Sell This Version
GALP 1324 Hugh Tracey - Musical Instruments 3 Drums album art Hugh Tracey Musical Instruments 3 Drums(LP) Gallotone GALP 1324 Rhodesia Unknown Sell This Version
GALP 1251 Hugh Tracey - Music Of The Northern Zaire (Sudanic) album art Hugh Tracey Music Of The Northern Zaire (Sudanic)(LP) Gallo GALP 1251 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

XTR 7130, XTR.7130 Hugh Tracey - Music Of The Northern Congo (I) (Sudanic) album art Hugh Tracey Music Of The Northern Congo (I) (Sudanic)(7", EP) International Library Of African Music, International Library Of African Music XTR 7130, XTR.7130 South Africa 1963 Sell This Version

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February 8, 2013
Probably one of the most prolific ethnomusicologists and field-recording collectors of the African continent: when you see Hugh Tracey credited on a release, you can be assured of good recording quality and detailed footnotes. Tracey was one of the first in his field who wanted to bring music from (mainly) south and middle Africa to western audiences, as opposed to simply documenting its existence. He even went so far as to adapt the classic Shona instrument, the mbira, to western musical modes resulting in the modern kalimba. This genuine passion contrasts quite distinctly with much ethnomusicology of the period, which took a clinical, even psychoanalytical approach (the diagnosis often being a so-called ‘primitivism’).

Tracey also consistently credited individual artists wherever possible, a fairly basic sign of respect, but a convention that took most French and German ethnographic labels several more decades to adopt. On top of all of that, to reiterate, he made good bloody recordings.

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