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The African Sky Podcast (with host Adam Klein)
82 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 7: Carter Center Panel on Trachoma
-IN THIS EPISODE- The African Sky Podcast is pleased to share this panel discussion regarding trachoma entitled “Seeing a Vibrant Future”, held on October 18, 2018 as part of the Conversations at The Carter Center series. Special thanks to Emily Staub, Associate Director, Press liaison to Health Programs at The Carter Center for her coordination and permission to broadcast this program. Trachoma is a leading cause of blindness, yet it is easily prevented with a readily available antibiotic, and its effects often can be halted with a short surgical procedure. For 20 years, The Carter Center has helped lead the charge against trachoma, but it is not alone in this effort. Hear what the Center, the International Trachoma Initiative, and other partners are doing to control this painful disease and learn about Atlanta’s ever-expanding role in the battle to improve global health locally and abroad. Moderator: Teya Ryan, CEO and President of Georgia Public BroadcastingPanelists: Kelly Callahan, director of the Carter Center’s Trachoma ProgramJason Carter, chairman of the Carter Center Board of TrusteesPaul Emerson, director of the International Trachoma Initiative For information on The Carter Center and this series, click here. Edited, mixed and mastered from the original video footage by Jon Trujillo at 800 East Studios, Atlanta, Georgia Original music from the album Dugu Wolo by Lassine Kouyate.
82 minutes | a year ago
Episode 6: Banning Eyre
In this episode… Writer, guitarist, and producer Banning Eyre offers an insightful overview of Malian music. The conversation touches upon the various “types” of Malian music- from Mande and Wassoulou of the south to the Tuareg and Sonrai music of the desert north, the connection between West African music and the American blues, the current state of Malian music, his experience studying guitar in Bamako with Djelimady Tounkara and his associated book, In Griot Time, as well as his work as lead producer for the Peabody Award-winning public radio program, Afropop Worldwide. The episode mentions a number of Malian musicians of both the present and the past. While some do not have a significant web presence, the names of most of the musicians discussed are listed below, along with links to their music, additional information, etc. Produced by Adam Klein Recorded and engineered by Ben Holst of Tunewelders at 800 East, Atlanta, GA Edited, mixed and mastered by Jon Trujillo at 800 East Original music from the album Dugu Wolo by Lassine Kouyate Resources: Afropop.orgBanning EyreHip DeepRough Guide to Malian Music, by Lucy Duran (on Songlines) In general order of “appearance” in this episode: Djelimady Tounkara- Wikipedia; YouTubeSuper Rail Band- Wikipedia; YouTubeToumani Diabaté- Beginner’s Guide to Toumani Diabate on SonglinesSidiki Diabaté- Facebook; YouTube; Toumani & Sidiki album on YouTubeBassekou Kouyate- website; Beginner’s Guide to Bassekou Kouyate on Songlines Fanta Damba- Wikipedia; YouTubeAmi Koita- Wikipedia; YouTubeKanja Kouyate- Wikipedia; YouTubeKassa Mady Diabaté- websiteSalif Keita- website; Official Facebook Fan Page; YouTubeLobi Traoré- Wikipedia; YouTube Wassoulou music: Oumou Sangaré- Profile on Songlines; YouTubeNahawa Doumbia- Bandcamp Sali Sidibe- YouTube; Tribute on Afropop.orgDjénéba Diakité- YouTubeFatoumata Diawarra- website Music of the North: Tinariwen- website; Profile on SonglinesBombino- websiteAli Farka Touré- Wikipedia; Documentary short about Touré’s 1999 album, Niafunké; Documentary short on Ali Farka Touré and the making of his final album, SavaneSonghoy Blues- websiteKhaira Arby- Wikipedia; Tribute on Afropop.org; Tiny Desk Concert; Live on KEXPSidi Touré- Wikipedia; Thrill Jockey Records Additional artists and links: Habib Koité- websiteRokia Traore- website; YouTube; TED TalkBoubacar “Kar Kar” Traore- websiteAmadou & Mariam (significant contemporary Malian duo not mentioned in the episode)- website; Beginner’s Guide to Amadou & Mariam on SonglinesVieux Farka Touré (prominent musician and son of Ali Farka Touré; not mentioned in episode)- website New York-based Malian and world acts featured: Timbila- websiteMandingo Ambassadors- websiteYacouba Sissoko- websiteAbdoulaye “Djoss” Diabaté- WikipediaVoyagers- websiteBoubacar Diabaté aka “Badian”- performance video and interview with Banning featuring footage of his time living in BamakoHip Deep in Mali: Growing Into Music in 21st century Bamako (January 2018 episode on the state of the current Malian music scene in the wake of the recent crises)Thomas Mapfumo- website; Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that Made Zimbabwe
41 minutes | a year ago
Episode 5: Dr. Bill Moseley, Professor, Macalester College
-IN THIS EPISODE- William Moseley, Professor of Geography and Director of the Food, Agriculture & Society Program at Macalester College, discusses his Peace Corps experience in Mali, his dissertation on poverty-induced environmental degradation and the political ecology of cotton production in Mali and a range of other topics- the effect of the 2007-2008 global food crisis on Mali, artisanal gold mining practices, the new green revolution for Africa, as well as the current state of livelihood insecurity and his hopes for Mali. Produced by Adam Klein Engineered by Ben Holst of Tunewelders at 800 East Studios, Atlanta, GA Edited by Jon Trujillo Original music from the album Dugu Wolo by Lassine Kouyate (Adam Klein)
30 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 4: Mina Girgis, Ethnomusicologist
-IN THIS EPISODE- Ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis, Co-Founder and CEO of the groundbreaking musical ensemble and advocacy initiative The Nile Project, discusses the organization, its founding, creative process, and the musical exchange between West Africa and the Nile River basin. Produced by Adam Klein Engineered by Ben Holst of Tunewelders at 800 East Studios, Atlanta, GA Edited by Seth Samuel Original music from the album Dugu Wolo by Lassine Kouyate (Adam Klein) -PROGRAM NOTES- This episode was recorded in 2017 during The Nile Project’s 3-month long U.S. tour. The group’s latest album is Tana. Click here to learn more about the organization and its work.
30 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 3: Rahama Wright, Shea Yeleen International
-IN THIS EPISODE- Rahama Wright, founder of Shea Yeleen International, Inc., speaks about how her experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali led to the founding of Shea Yeleen, the story of the non-profit company and its community-centric model of supporting women’s shea cooperatives, the process of shea production and its uses, her experience participating on the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DIA), and the state of African entrepreneurship. Produced by Adam Klein Engineered by Ben Holst of Tunewelders at 800 East Studios, Atlanta, GA Edited by Seth Samuel Original music from the album Dugu Wolo by Lassine Kouyate (Adam Klein) -PROGRAM NOTES- Shea Yeleen International, Inc.– a social enterprise dedicated to empowering women in West Africa and the United States through the production, sale and use of shea butter products PAC-DBIA (Presidents Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa)- a Council established in 2014 by the Secretary of Commerce to connect American businesses with African partners, support existing and new American investment in Africa, expand access for American businesses to finance their exports to Africa and reduce barriers to trade and investment in Africa. Tamale– capital city of the Northern Region of Ghana, home to Shea Yeleen’s partner shea cooperatives. For info about shea and shea butter (origin, benefits, and preparation), click here.
61 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 2: Dr. Karim Traore, Professor, University of Georgia
-IN THIS EPISODE- Dr. Karim Traore, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Associate Director of the African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia, discusses the epic of Sundiata, Mande caste system, the role of the griot, as well as various aspects of the hunters’ guild and hunters’ epics in modern society. Produced by Adam Klein Engineered by Lucas McAuliffe in Athens, GA Edited by Seth Samuel Original music from the album Dugu Wolo by Lassine Kouyate. -PROGRAM NOTES- Excerpts from Sidiki Diabaté and Dejlimady Sissoko performing the epic of Sundiata at the South Bank Centre in London, 1987, as part of the “Music of the Royal Courts” program included. Niane, D.T. Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali. Harlow: Longman African Writers, 1997. Bilal ibn Rabah, or Bilali- former slave and first muezzin servant of the prophet Muhammad said to be the ancestor of the Mande people djeli / griot– West African oral historian, praise singer, storyteller, bard, and musician horon- noble caste nyama / nyamakalaw – middle caste segment of population consisting of various skilled technicians such as blacksmiths, griots, leather workers, etc. Senenkunya (jo banchi, or joking cousins)- societal device by which members of various ethnic groups, castes, and specific familial relationships relate through playful communication in order to alleviate potential tensions and conflict. Classic examples include the manner in which farmers and cattle keepers interact as well as the communication between a brother and sister-in-law. A detailed paper on this phenomenon may be found here.
46 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 1: Scott Lacy, Founder, African Sky
-IN THIS EPISODE- In the inaugural African Sky podcast, Host Adam Klein talks with African Sky founder Scott Lacy about his Peace Corps experience, founding the organization, his philosophy of sustainable development, the future of African Sky and U.S.-Malian partnerships in the post-Peace Corps Mali era, as well as his work tracking the famed sorghum seed, bemba, throughout Mali. Produced by Adam Klein Engineered by Ben Holst of Tunewelders at 800 East Studios, Atlanta, GA Edited by Seth Samuel Original music from the album Dugu Wolo by Lassine Kouyate (Adam Klein) -PROGRAM NOTES- Dissan – village in Sikasso Region of Mali where Scott served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, performed field work as a Fulbright Scholar, and developed the initial African Sky projects. Markala – city north of Segou in the Segou Region of Mali. Home to African Sky Executive Advisor Tamba Traore. ICRISAT – International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics Eva Weltzien-Rattunde – Principal Scientist for Sorghum Breeding and Genetic resources at ICRISAT, 1998-2016. Scott’s mentor. Fred Weltzien-Rattunde – Principal Scientist for Sorghum Breeding and Genetic resources at ICRISAT since 1997 Hectare – a measurement of land used in the metric system. 1 hectare = ~2.47 acres Jatigi – in the Bamanakan language this term, in its simplest sense, mean “host.” That said, hosting or hospitality in the Bamana tradition is an art of generosity. Broken down, the term “ja” refers to the core of a person (somewhat akin to the concept of a person’s soul). Then the term “tigi” means “holder.” Together these ideas reveal that a jatigi is the “soul” holder of his or her guest. They are responsible for their guests… heart, body, mind, and soul. The artful jatigi tradition is celebrated as a defining cultural value of the Bamana people. Nyogon Movie – forthcoming film documenting Scott’s work alongside farmers in Dissan and beyond.
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