Music Time in Africa


Music Time in Africa is VOA’s longest running English language program. Since 1965, this award-winning program has featured pan African music that spans all genres and generations. Ethnomusicologist and Host Heather Maxwell keeps you up to date on what’s happening in African music with exclusive interviews, cultural information, and of course, great music -- including a weekly vintage recording from our digital Music Time in Africa Archive (MTIA Archive).

Heather Maxwell is an ethnomusicologist and experienced music professional specializing in African music. Dr. Maxwell has published academic works on Malian music and the West African balafon. She is also a singer songwriter and has published recorded albums in Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, and the US. In addition to her regular weekend radio broadcasts, Heather curates the Music Time in Africa Facebook PageYouTube Channel and blog. Explore these platforms to engage with MTIA audiences and learn more about African music through exciting live performances, interviews with artists, in-depth reviews of music festivals, rare recordings and more.

Friday 09:05-10:00 UTC/GMT
Saturday & Sunday 09:05-10:00, 15:05-16:00, 20:05-21:00 & 22:05-23:00 UTC/GMT

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