Author: Jolly Papa

MC Chido

Written by on 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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Ishmael Osekre

Written by on 24 October 2018

Ghanaian jack-of-all-trades Ishmael Osekre may be as he says, “just a boy from Kokomlemle,” but he’s been making cool stuff happen in the states for years. Arriving in NYC for undergraduate school at Columbia with only $30 in his pocket Ishmael ran up against the harsh realities of financing a US education and had to […]

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Zezeh Brazil

Written by on 22 August 2018

Zezeh Brazil lives for samba. From a very young age she discovered samba peeking over her neighbor’s wall at their family gatherings, feeling the power of the rhythm, freedom of dance and the community spirit that infuses it all. She has spent her life immersed in that spirit and since settling in the area years […]

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Ateya Ball-Lacy

Written by on 25 July 2018

Ateya Ball-Lacy wears many hats! She is Assistant Principal at G. James Gholson Middle School in PG County (go Mighty Knights!). She is an alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and has been a dancer and teacher with Kankouran West African Dance Company for over a decade. Ateya is also the founder […]

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Henri Dikongue

Written by on 4 July 2018

Wow. Wao. Wouaou. We rang in July 4th this year in style with very special guest Henri Dikongue who was in town for a gala concert right here in Takoma Park. Our good friend Joseph “Kobo” Mouliom brought us into the band’s rehearsal and we were delighted to invite Henri on the show the next […]

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Pete Muldoon

Written by on 20 June 2018

If you’ve ever wondered what a “multi-media, multi-genre psychedelic opera” looks and sounds like, then you’ll want to check out the latest creation by Pete Muldoon: “As the Beast and Dragon Clash” (August 11th @ Anacostia Arts Center). We had Pete in the studio, along with our good friend Sitali (who voices the dragon), to […]

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Burkinabe Rising

Written by on 25 April 2018

It was our great pleasure to sit down this week with Barthelemy Bazemo,¬†policy analyst with the Africa Faith & Justice Network, and Kerry Danner of Georgetown University to discuss the film Burkinabe Rising and help get the word out about a FREE SCREENING at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium on Thursday, May 3. “Burkinabe […]

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David Blackwell

Written by on 18 April 2018

This week we had DC singer-songwriter David Blackwell in for a chat about growing up in the city’s go-go and gospel scene, finding his musical voice and the importance of a strong community in his creative process. David also treated us to a few original songs live in the studio from his upcoming EP “Good […]

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Uasuf Gueye

Written by on 28 February 2018

For this week’s interview we sat down with DC multi-instrumentalist, lecturer and instrument craftsman Uasuf Gueye to hear about his musical journey, philosophy and current work as a 2017-2018 Strathmore Artist in Residence. We also were treated to three songs live in the studio [@6:12, 18:47 & 26:54] featuring Uasuf on ngoni, balafon and dundun, […]

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LSS: Passport to the World

Written by on 21 February 2018

The DC metro area is a true melting pot of people from around the globe who live and work and learn from one another. Some come for school, some for work or to be with family, and then there are our refugee resettlement neighbors and friends who arrive by the thousands each year fleeing persecution […]

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