RIP Hama Sankaré - Music Time in Africa
Today’s playlist includes Liberian Hipco (Teddy Ride), Afrobeats (Rema), pop tunes from Zimbabwe (Jah Prayzah) and South Africa (Sho Madjozi), Franco-Algerian rock (Rachid Taha) and Ethiopian indie (Dawit Cherent). There’s also some classic 90s flavor in here (Sally Nyolo, Ali Farka Touré). The big news is the tragic death of Alphonse Ousman "Hama" Sankaré. The Malian percussionist was one of the pioneering architects of the desert blues sound. His playing defined the genre and is heard on many of its seminal recordings including the Grammy award-winning album Talking Timbuktu. Hama was a friend to VOA and today’s feature includes soundbytes from his time with Heather Maxwell in the studio plus an interview with his manager and long time friend, Chris Nolan of Clermont Records. Song of the Week is Ghanaian dancehall tune "African Party" by Stonebwoy and out of Nairobi reporter Bill Odidi brings us a beautiful interview with young, Kenyan singer/songwriter Olivia Ambani.
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 Page, YouTube 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.
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