Jolly Papa Interviews

Sylvie Ngassa Bello

22 May 2019

Our guest this week was Sylvie Qwasinwi Ngassa Bello,¬†Founder and CEO of the Cameroon American Council (CAC). Since 2010 the CAC has been forwarding its mission to build capacity, relevance and visibility in African communities in the USA through its three signature programs: Arts Outreach, Health Advocacy and Capacity Building. We discussed the immigrant experience […]

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8 May 2019

JEHO is a DC-based Nigerian-American artist turning heads with his songwriting chops, smooth vocals, production and video editing skills. Raised in Southern Maryland JEHO was inspired by his older brother’s musical life and taught himself to write songs, sing, play multiple instruments, dance, produce tracks, and videos. Since graduating from Ryken High School in Southern […]

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Paulette Mpouma

24 April 2019

Cameroonian Paulette Mpouma is the DC-based inventor & entrepreneur of “The Africa Memory Game,” a fun board game “for ages 6-104” based on facts and knowledge about the length and breadth of Africa. Paulette’s ever-expanding inventory includes several African country-specific games, dolls from a women’s collective in Cote d’Ivoire, raffia sculptures from a Malagasy artist, […]

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Munit Mesfin

10 April 2019

Munit Mesfin is a DC-based Ethiopian singer/songwriter whose music is a refreshing synthesis of Ethiopian roots and the global perspective of having been raised around the world. Munit performed for many years with German guitarist Jorg in an Ethio-soul acoustic duo that was unique on the Addis scene. They recorded two albums and toured in […]

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Daniel Dzidzonu

20 March 2019

Daniel Dzidzonu is a Togolese trumpeter/composer with a mission to get #backtoauthenticity in African music. In particular he is at the vanguard of a new era Afrobeat movement currently spanning the globe. His compositions pay exquisite homage to heroes Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango while injecting new themes and textures into the Afrobeat […]

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Reginald Cyntje

13 March 2019

DC jazz trombonist, composer, producer and educator Reginald Cyntje grew up on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He started playing in 7th grade, gravitating to the trombone for both its uniqueness as an instrument and its ubiquity in the island’s quelbe and calypso music. He absorbed everything he could, went on to advanced degrees in music, […]

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20 February 2019

Togolese singer/songwriter Akoeba has a passion for music that started very early in life. She began performing at the age of 5, joining with friends to form the group “Les Oiseaux du Monde” while living in Abidjan. When her family moved back to Togo at age 11 Akoeba joined another group, “Hot Girls,” singing and […]

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Joy A. Johnson

16 January 2019

Joy A. Johnson is an educator, author, business owner & beauty entrepreneur who overcame difficult life struggles with an abundance of positivity and hustle. After losing her white-collar job as a young mother, she took classes at the Small Business Development Center¬†to learn the inside game of running a successful enterprise. She opened her first […]

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Don Berto

9 January 2019

Don Berto is the chef-owner of Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine in Silver Spring, MD. His passion for authentic Haitian food, art and music are on rich display in his restaurant, which features curated art on the walls, a live world music series, jazz on Tuesdays, poetry, DJs, creole classes and of course excellent Haitian food. Don […]

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MC Chido

19 December 2018

DMV-based Nigerian musician MC Chido has spent the past decade building hella cred on the global afrobeats scene with his silky vocals, strong songcraft and fly videos. Splitting his time and production between Lagos and the US, Chido has worked with DJ Coublon on collaborations with heavies like J. Martins (“Skele”), Pardon C (“Ogogoro”) and […]

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