Charles Duvelle (Paris, France March 1937 - 30 November 2017) was a French composer, pianist and musicologist most known for his forty years career in traditional music recording. Duvelle founded the Ocora label, one of the greatest catalogues of traditional music on records, in 1962.
After a childhood in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, Duvelle studied piano and music at Conservatoire de Paris (now CNSMDP). In 1959, he's hired by Société de radiodiffusion de la France d'outremer (SORAFOM), a public broadcasting service founded by Pierre Schaeffer, to help producing radio programs made by Africans. SORAFOM is renamed Office de coopération radiophonique (Ocora) in 1962.
Charles Duvelle travelled in many African countries as a special advisor and helped by local broadcasters, began recording traditional musicians to give them a copy of their performance. Then, Duvelle founded the Ocora label in 1962, which eventually began one of the greatest catalogue of traditional music on records.
In 1974, Charles Duvelle went to the USA to compose music for films and to work with various synthesizers manufacturers. In the 1990s he returned with the Prophet Series licensed from Kora Sons to release the Ocora back catalogue in remastered versions with new exclusive material.
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