Digitizing a collection of musical instruments in Kenya

From 19th till 30th of November 2018 a team of the mim and two colleagues from the Royal Museum for Central Africa traveled to Nairobi in Kenya for a collaboration with the Kenyatta University in order to exchange information and know-how in the areas of ethnomusicology and digital collection management.

Some pieces have been professionally photographed will be published online on the MIMO website. MIMO is the world's largest online platform for public collections of musical instruments.

We bought a few instruments for our own collection. On the workbench you can see two Bung'os (hobos), a Litungu (lyre), seven Chivotis (transverse flute), an Ishiriru (fiddle) and some percussions like the Peke, a rattle made out of flattened beer caps that were burned in the fire to make them sound soft.

In 2013-2014 the mim worked with Musée de la Musique in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and the Musée Panafricain de la Musique in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) to build digital inventories of their musical instrument collections. The purpose of this digitization campaign has been to provide a more complete view of musical world heritage by incorporating not only African instruments but also the African terminology that describes these instruments, into international research databases.

Musical instruments added to mim's collection
Musical instruments that were digitized
mim's photographer in action
mim's cameraman in action
The whole crew