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  • hip-deep December 12, 2014

    East African Taarab

    The “taarab” music of East Africa’s Swahili coast offers an amazing history lesson. Bantu and coastal Africans, Arabs, Portuguese, Germans, Brits, and Indians all figure in. With guest, anthropologist and author, Kelly Askew, this Hip Deep program explores the taarab … Read more »

  • hip-deep May 22, 2014

    Live from Bongoland: The History of Tanzania’s Music Economy

    In the ’70s and ’80s, the East African nation of Tanzania was home to one of the continent’s greatest music scenes. But you wouldn’t know from the recorded evidence. Join us for this Hip Deep edition of Afropop Worldwide, as … Read more »

  • blog August 12, 2005

    Discography: East African Taarab

    Some of the recordings in this program come from Kelly Askew’s private recording. Her book, “Performing the Nation” comes with an excellent CD full of rare recordings. Two of the pieces in this show were recorded by Afropop Worldwide in … Read more »

  • interview August 12, 2005

    Interview: Kelly Askew

    Kelly Askew is a professor of Anthropology, and of African and Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan.  She lived in Tanga, Tanzania, studying taarab music from 1992-95, and published “Performing the Nation: Swahili Music and Cultural Politics in Tanzania” … Read more »

  • program February 17, 2003

    Journeys with the Oud

    The oud is the ancestor of many modern string instruments, including the lute and the guitar. Its origins may lie in Persia or Mesopotamia, but now, it is played all over the world, used in spiritual and secular music, in … Read more »

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