About the Sound Archive Collections

The Sound Archive was started in July 1997 and was charged with the collection, preservation, documentation and dissemination of the Museum's audio-visual heritage collection. Groundbreaking at the time for its focus on memory, the Sound Archive is largely responsible for generating oral histories as part of the Museum’s research, exhibitionary and education practice. In addition to a number of life histories with District Sixers and ex-residents from other sites of forced removals in the city, the AV collection consists of home video footage from District Six, documentaries relating to apartheid South Africa as well as footage related to the New Year Carnival and musical traditions in Cape Town.

The music collection, together with the oral history recordings, forms the foundation of the Sound Archive. The music collection in particular was shaped by founding trustees such as Vincent Kolbe, Ruth Cookson and Irwin Combrinck. The collection comprises field recordings of musical traditions ranging from klopse (carnival) traditions, Christmas choirs and bands, ballroom traditions, Malay choirs and a jazz collection.

Sound Galleries

Music

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The Van Kalker photographic collection is a vault of private moments in which special events such as weddings, birthdays, graduations and christenings were immortalised and memorialised. They offer an intimate yet still

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The Van Kalker photographic collection is a vault of private moments in which special events such as weddings, birthdays, graduations and christenings were immortalised and memorialised. They offer an intimate yet still

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The Van Kalker photographic collection is a vault of private moments in which special events such as weddings, birthdays, graduations and christenings were immortalised and memorialised. They offer an intimate yet still

Spoken Word

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The Van Kalker photographic collection is a vault of private moments in which special events such as weddings, birthdays, graduations and christenings were immortalised and memorialised. They offer an intimate yet still

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The Van Kalker photographic collection is a vault of private moments in which special events such as weddings, birthdays, graduations and christenings were immortalised and memorialised. They offer an intimate yet still

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The Van Kalker photographic collection is a vault of private moments in which special events such as weddings, birthdays, graduations and christenings were immortalised and memorialised. They offer an intimate yet still