Tagged: "Africa"


Africa Past & Present “Transnational Islam”

Anthropologist Mara Leichtman (MSU) on religion, migration, and politics. Leichtman unveils her new book New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal (co-edited with Mamadou Diouf). She then discusses transnational Shi’a Islam in Dakar among Lebanese migrants and Senegalese converts, and in London at the Al-Khoei Foundation. Africa Past & Present is a radio series about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora hosted by is hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb.

Africa Past and Present

Africa Past and Present

Africa Past & Present “Conflict in Mali”

Vicki Huddleston (former U.S. Ambassador to Mali) and anthropologist Bruce Whitehouse (Lehigh Univ.) discuss the ongoing political and military conflict in Mali. Focus is on the complex origins of the Tuareg and Islamist insurgencies in the north, French intervention and U.S. policy, and how to chart the way to peace and stability in a wounded West African nation. Africa Past & Present is a radio series about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora hosted by is hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb.


Featured Week: Tinariwen “Aman Iman”

In partnership with the Catherdral Quarter Arts Festival a special week featuring albums & exclusive interview with Tinariwen who are playing in Belfast at the festival. www.cqaf.com
Tinariwen is a Grammy Award-winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. The band was formed in 1979 in Tamanrasset, Algeria, but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. www.tinariwen.com

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Featured Week: Tinairwen “Tassili”

In partnership with the Catherdral Quarter Arts Festival a special week featuring albums & exclusive interview with Tinariwen who are playing in Belfast at the festival. www.cqaf.com
Tinariwen is a Grammy Award-winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. The band was formed in 1979 in Tamanrasset, Algeria, but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. www.tinariwen.com


The Nigerian homefront in WWII. The Biafran War and Igbo Identity

Dr. Chima Korieh (History, Marquette) on Nigerian experiences on the African homefront during World War II, agriculture and social change in the colonial era, the Biafran War and the politics of memory, and Igbo identity. The interview closes with a discussion of endangered archives in postcolonial Nigeria. Africa Past & Present is a radio series about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora hosted by is hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb.

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Weekly Album Choice “Street Spirit”

Musician Daby Touré, son of the African desert and child of a Parisian musical upbringing, has created new boundaries and categories that go beyond territory, ethnicity or birthright. Stereo Spirit is Daby’s second release from Real World Records. “It is both a message to the world, to those who are sleeping and who need to wake up, as well as an attempt to offer some kind of musical solace in these troubled times.” On The Weekly Album Choice show, we choose and play a world music album in its entirety.


Weekly Album Choice – Afrocelts “Capture”

The Afro Celt Sound System is a musical group that fuses modern electronic dance rhythms with traditional Irish (Celtic) and West African music. It was formed by Grammy-nominated producer-guitarist Simon Emmerson, and is considered to be something of a world music supergroup, often featuring a wide range of guest artists on their albums. The “Capture” album is a complication of their work from 1995 – 2010.
On The Weekly Album Choice show, we choose and play a world music album in its entirety.

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Africa Past and Present

African Women in Politics

Aili Mari Tripp (U. of Wisconsin – Madison and ASA President) on African women’s movements and paradoxes of power in Museveni’s Uganda. Includes discussion of democratization and highlights the need for the African Studies Association to challenge the U.S. government’s draconian cuts to international education. With guest host Prof. Kiki Edozie (International Relations, Michigan State).
Africa Past & Present – A series about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora hosted by is hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb and produced by Matrix.


Weekly Album Choice “Kinshasa One Two”

Kinshasa One Two is an album recorded by Damon Albarn alongside ten producers of the newly established DRC Music (Democratic Republic of the Congo Music) group, to benefit Oxfam’s work in Congo. Purchase the album at http://www.drcmusic.org.
On The Weekly Album Choice show, we choose and play a world music album in its entirety.

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Africa Past and Present

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.