Help is still needed for a gigantic project: the documentation and 
reissue of all sound and film documents of people of African descent IN 
EUROPE prior to the 1920s. (To be exact: during the acoustic recording 
era, pre-microphone). Of the circa 2000 potential sound documents, we 
have already located and digitized most - but our wants and search list 
is still long.

Among our wants are
=> *duets by Layton & Johnstone on Columbia (UK) 
=> recordings in Amharic by Tessema Eshete (Echeute) on the Beka and 
Odeon labels
=> "coon songs" by the African-American minstrels Pete Hampton and Laura 
Bowman on many makes of cylinders and discs
=> songs and recitations in Xhosa by Dr. W. B. Rubusana, MPC.,  and 
Palmer Mowetyana on the Homophon label
=> a couple of Spirituals by Evelyn Dove (on *Aco G-15548*) and Roland 
Hayes (on *Vocalion R-6133*)
=> discs used to synchronize early films featuring black entertainers, 
actors, etc
and many more.
The complete list is here:

Background information about the project is here:

Please check whether you can help - in particular with regard to LAYTON 


Dr. Rainer E. Lotz
Birgit Lotz Verlag
Rotdornweg 81
53177 Bonn (Germany)

Tel: 0049-228-352808
Fax: 0049-228-365142