@new_to_beets: Your problem (collecting not-so-well-known music) is exactly what MusicBrainz is for! I myself am quite a lazy person, but I once (20 years ago or so) decided for myself: “If it’s not on MusicBrainz, you cannot put it into your collection and not play it.”
So I went, got an account on MB, and started learning and adding all the albums I had into MusicBrainz. Tedious work, but then again I have profited from what others put into MB and so why not give something back, for the benefit of all of us?
So, I’d like to invite you to come to MB and edit in all your African music, album by album. Why?
- All others in the world who collect the same music will be happy, because it’s in MusicBrainz and they can find and tag their music using beets.
- So can you.
- Last not least, it’ll give you this warm and wonderful feeling of having done something for the community of music lovers all over the world …
It’s a thing I’ve so often come across: Hundreds of people all investing days and weeks of their lifetime sitting alone at home and manually tagging their music to perfection. And everyone does it for the same releases! Instead of one doing it, putting it up to MB, so all can use it and use their time to tag and upload their data for another album.
Let’s say, 100 albums need to be tagged. Researching and tagging an album takes, say, 10 minutes.
If one person tagged all 100 albums: 1000 minutes, nearly 17 hours of work. The next person collects the same music: Again 1000 minutes. And so on.
If 100 people tagged the same album at home, without MuscBrainz: 1000 minutes, 990 wasted, and still only one album tagged. At home. For a single user. The 101th user would still have the same work to do.
If 100 people tagged 100 different albums and put them up to MB: Still 1000 minutes, only 10 minutes per person. And all others benefit, because the data is already there!
How often have we ourselves been the 101th person, just tagging along from MusicBrainz data? 100 albums, say 30s per album = 50 minutes. Instead of 1000.
I myself have a collection of nearly 150,000 songs, collected during the past few decades, and they’re all in MusicBrainz, even the most exotic ones.
Buy it. Put in on MusicBrainz. Using MB data, rip it, tag it, play it.
Did I say I invite you to come over to MusicBrainz and edit your beautiful music in?