2023:Program/Submissions/The Afrosounds Project - 3EAKAZ

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Title: The Afrosounds Project


Oreoluwa Ajayi

Oreoluwa Ajayi, a Creative Manager, A&R Personnel and Wikimedia Volunteer Contributor from Lagos, Nigeria is the Team Lead at The Afrosounds Project. Having joined the community in 2018, Oreoluwa has facilitated, organized and co-organized several campaigns that promote the objectives of Wikimedia through free knowledge. The Afrosounds Project, birthed out of his engagement as a music executive from the continent and an intersection with open knowledge has been hosting meetups, contests, training sessions and edit-a-thon to bridge the identified paucity and lack of knowledge available on open source as it concerns Africa muisc, sounds and related discuss and topics. ReoMartins, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Type: Lightning talk

Track: GLAM, Heritage, and Culture

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 10 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

Our aim is to explore resources, diversity, and create future-oriented collaborations towards ensuring that credible and notable stories, topics and content about African music - traditional and contemporary - is contributed to the global sum of knowledge, hence preserving history, culture, stories for posterity and promoting open knowledge through collective action.

Description[edit source]

This project hopes to bridge the huge content gap observed, improve on the systemic bias and also prevent misrepresentation and misinformation, in context to notable topics, stories and content regarding African music and sounds by sourcing true and credible African narratives and standpoints. The Afrosounds Project aims to encourage the collaborative addition of accurate information to a wide variety of musical topics as it concerns the African community. This project seeks to access and harness resources towards advancing a community that promotes knowledge equity of the underrepresented African community in music. This would be attained by creating articles, providing citations, media and data around traditional and contemporary facts, to be available and accessible, both online and offline, and in different languages to a global audience. This session hopes to intimate wikimedians around the world about the project, build and explore resources, increase capacity of existing editors within the community and also intimate new volunteer editors on the impacts to be created through this project.

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

This session hopes to host a conversation with experienced wikimedians across the world to harness the possibilities of exchanging resources, promoting diversity and collaboration to ensure that credible knowledge and heritage of music in Africa is adequately covered through Wikimedia projects by the Afrosounds project. At Afrosounds, we would love to share our objectives with experienced wikimedians to foster collective action, by adapting resources, strategies and techniques that would be expedient in creating the impact we hope to bridge.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Average knowledge about Wikimedia projects or activities

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Empty Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Tick Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand