Daily Archives: 11 January 2014


Black Travelers, Writers & Activists in Africa and the Diaspora

David Killingray (Emeritus, Goldsmiths College, U. of London) on the often-neglected role of African travelers and intermediaries in 19th-century Africa; black writers and activists in Victorian Britain; and the significance of documenting lived experiences of Africans to better understand processes of historical change.

Africa Past and Present

Africa Past and Present

Spirituality in Central African History

David Gordon (Bowdoin, History) on his recent book Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History. Gordon explores how and why spirits and discourses about spirits inspired social movements and influenced historical change, from precolonial Bemba chieftaincies and 1930s Watchtower millenarianism to the postcolonial state’s humanism and Pentecostalism under Kaunda and Chiluba, respectively. Gordon closes by noting the effervescence of Zambian studies today.


The African Diaspora in Britain

Marika Sherwood (senior research fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London) on the history of the African diaspora in Britain. She discusses aspects of her 2007 book After Abolition: Britain and the Slave Trade Since 1807, the 1945 Pan Africanist Congress in Manchester, and Pan-African biographies. Sherwood concludes by noting the inadequate treatment of black history in the UK school curriculum.

Africa Past and Present

Kontakt (Polski Program Radiowy) “Marriage laws in Northern Ireland”

Polish Radio Programme produced in Northern Ireland. (Broadcasted in Polish Language).
In this programme: How to get married in Northern Ireland, procedures, documents and differences between Poland and NI laws. Interview with Lukasz Krol – who works as Registrar in Bangor Town Hall.

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East Belfast Arts Radio

East Belfast Arts Festival “Gordon Hewitt”

Interview with poet and activist Gordon Hewitt.
Recorded as part of the East Belfast Arts Festival, Homely Planet radio partnered with the Orchardville Society to host a radio hub in Expresso East. Volunteers interviewed participants, performers, visitors and the odd celebrity in the cafe to gather their thoughts on the festival and changes in the East.
www.eastbelfastartsfestival.org


East Belfast Arts Festival “Ricky McQuillan”

Music from local singer/songwriter Ricky McQuillan.
Recorded as part of the East Belfast Arts Festival, Homely Planet radio partnered with the Orchardville Society to host a radio hub in Expresso East. Volunteers interviewed participants, performers, visitors and the odd celebrity in the cafe to gather their thoughts on the festival and changes in the East. www.eastbelfastartsfestival.org

East Belfast Arts Radio

East Belfast Arts Radio

East Belfast Arts Radio “A Barton Fink Band”

Interview & Music with Simon & Andy from A Barton Fink Band.
Recorded as part of the East Belfast Arts Festival, Homely Planet radio partnered with the Orchardville Society to host a radio hub in Expresso East. Volunteers interviewed participants, performers, visitors and the odd celebrity in the cafe to gather their thoughts on the festival and changes in the East. www.eastbelfastartsfestival.org
Produced by Venus McDonald and Przemek Straus


Weekly Album Choice “Opa!”

Balkan Alien Sound are an energetic band of musicians, formed in 2007 and hailing from the North West of Ireland, celebrating the sounds of Eastern Europe, Gypsy and Klezmer music.
With a wide range of influences and backgrounds including folk, classical, jazz and blues, this melting pot of fiddle, bouzouki, bass, drum and song on their debut album “Opa!” really does create a sound sensation. www.balkanaliensound.wix.com
On The Weekly Album Choice show, we choose a world/folk/roots album and play it in its entirety.

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