You are here:


Public launch of the Hidden Years Music Archive website

Public Event

This is a past event, preserved for historical records. Click here to view current events.

Register here before 28 July 2023

You are invited to the public launch of the Hidden Years Music Archive website featuring a listening session with music from the archive’s unique vinyl collection curated by sonic historian, Michael Bhatch.

Join us in exploring the remarkable archive of South African alternative popular music that took shape with the arrival of the Woodstock Sound System in Johannesburg.

The Hidden Years Music Archive is one of the biggest popular music archives in South Africa. It was collected by David Marks and documents alternative popular music in southern Africa from 1967 to the early 2000s. The collection is preserved by the Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS), Stellenbosch University, and formed part of a 10 year archive and research project at the Africa Open Institute (2013-2023), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

The project leader, Prof Lizabé Lambrechts, was hosted by STIAS in 2017 to explore the Free Peoples Concerts and one of the events documented in this archive.

To view the website, please visit:

For more information, contact Ms Nel-Mari Loock at 021 808 2652 or [email protected]

Date and time

Tuesday, 1 August 2023

18:00 – 21:30​

All times are in SAST (UTC+2)


STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre

STIAS, Marais Road, Mostertsdrift

Related to this event


Young Scholar
South Africa

Share this event:

Share on whatsapp
Share on email
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Always hear about the latest events: