“If music be the food of life …” walk in. This well-known quote,
adapted, encapsulates the user friendly welcome extended by the
Record Library on the K1 level of Radio Studios. Often, recorded music,
previously unavailable, becomes to a delightful reality on computer monitors,
to reveal the gems housed in the Record Library.
All genres of recorded music, including Jazz, Gospel, Kwaito, Rap,
Rave, Classical, World, Light, Mood, Sound Effects and others,
are regularly accessed by staff and made available to internal clients.
The Record Library software to catalogue and search music albums
and tracks was specially developed by library staff and external consultants
in order to meet service requirements. This library strives to make the
most recently released material available to borrowers.
Representatives of the large and independent record labels
supply their latest material to the Record Library on a weekly basis.
The library staff are able to source discs that may not be readily
available in South Africa. Inquires from the external parties wanting
record label or artist information is commonplace. While the library
is not accessible to external parties, the staff readily provide
information to enable them to trace other sources.
The Record Library collection was established in the mid 1950's.
The vast collection comprises of at least:
• 200 000 LP’s
• 23 000 Classical CDs
• 110 000 Light CDs
Note to the Artists / Record Companies
The SABC Record Libraries is a service for
the Artists and Record Companies that makes
music available for Radio Stations to use.
THE SABC RECORD LIBRARY IS NOT
RESPONSIBLE for air play, it is up to
*The Artists or the Record Companies to market
them with the different SABC Radio Stations.
The following info is needed on the album
before it can be processed into the
Record Library System.
Song title :
Publisher : optional
Catalog no. : (eg: RCA CDRCA001)
CD's without all information required will not be accepted
On a lighter note, the Record Library has complete collections
(music and documentation) of the SA TOP 20 since 1967.
The Top 20 was first broadcast on the now defunct Springbok Radio,
with renowned DJ David Gresham of “keep your feet on the ground
and reach for the stars” fame. At present the program
is presented on RSG by Fritz Klaaste.
Manager: Record Library
Tel: +27 11-714-2010
Fax: +27 11-714-4307
Position vacant William Rapabi
Team Leader: Music Section Team Leader: Loans Section
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