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Author: Jolly Papa

Hector Barez

Written by on 2 October 2019

This week we were joined in the studio by Puerto Rican percussionist Hector “Coco” Barez of Calle 13, Bio Ritmo and many other groups. We chatted about Hector’s musical journey and creative process, and about the trials and tribulations that led to his debut solo album, “El Labertino Del Coco,” which sound amazing! We played […]

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Kola Ogunkoya

Written by on 18 September 2019

Kola Ogunkoya is a Nigerian saxophonist, composer, band leader and original gbedu master, recently relocated to the DC area. We talked about his early days in Lagos playing with legends like Victor Olaiya, Eddy Okonta, Jambos Express and eventually working with Fela Kuti. Kola and his 15-piece Afro jazz Ensemble, which includes female dancers, has performed […]

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Teaching Africa Day

Written by on 18 September 2019

Teaching Africa Day is an interactive and child-friendly event geared specifically toward educating children and youth about Africa. The goal is to provide a much needed collective platform for vendors with the best quality books, videos, games, programs and other resources that teach about Africa and its rich and vibrant heritage. We sat down with Gathoni […]

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Tebabu Assefa

Written by on 11 September 2019

This week we had a lovely drop-in visit and interview with Tebabu Assefa, one of the most active and consistent advocates for cross-cultural understanding and economic independence in the DC area. Tebabu and his wife Sara are co-founders of Blessed Coffee, a company that links sustainable growers in Ethiopia with consumers in the US and […]

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Clara Ekeke

Written by on 14 August 2019

Clara Ekeke is the founder of House of Djeli, a project dedicated to providing a platform for independent filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora, and to creating a community of people who enjoy arts and culture for and by people of African descent around the world. She organizes screenings for films that aren’t otherwise available […]

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Ras Ziah Ayubu

Written by on 10 July 2019

Ras Ziah Ayubu is the lead singer, composer and rhythm guitarist for DC’s premier roots rasta crew Proverbs Reggae Band. Born and raised on the island of St. Vincent in the Grenadines, Ras Ziah has been making conscious music for decades at home, in NYC and since 2000 in Washington DC. We chatted about Ziah’s […]

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Massama Dogo

Written by on 19 June 2019

Massama Dogo is a Togolese musician, songwriter, bandleader and old friend who has been making African music in the DC area for 20+ years. His group Elikeh features a more pan-Afro sound, incorporating Afrobeat, Highlife, Funk, Rap, Reggae and more. They have been tearing up festivals and clubs in the region for years. His newer […]

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Black Gold: Past & Present

Written by on 29 May 2019

Man oh man. This was a fun day at the radio station! “Black Gold: Past & Present” is a cultural exchange between musicians residing in the District of Columbia and Dakar Senegal. Local bandleader Jean-Francis Varre of Sahel received a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities to bring to life the […]

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Sylvie Ngassa Bello

Written by on 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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Written by on 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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