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Janet Topp Fargion

British Library
Lead Curator, World and Traditional Music
London, England

Janet Topp Fargion is an ethnomusicologist with research interests in South Africa and the Swahili Coast. She graduated with a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1992. She joined the British Library in 1994 as Lead Curator of World and Traditional Music where she has responsibility for the collection, preservation and dissemination of recordings and related materials documenting musical traditions from all around the world. She is also leading on the BL’s project on born-digital published acquisitions that forms part of BL’s Save our Sounds programme. She served on the IASA Executive Board as Editor from 2008 to 2011, has published extensively on ‘ethnomusicology and archiving’ and is author of Taarab Music in Zanzibar in the Twentieth Century: a story of ‘old is gold’ and flying spirits (Ashgate Publishers, 2014).