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Podcast: Madagascar’s American Diaspora

Most African-Americans trace their roots to West or Central Africa. But it turns out that since the 17th century, there has been a trickle of migration–involuntary and voluntary–from Madagascar to the United States. Afropop’s Banning Eyre delves into that history with Dr. Wendy Wilson-Fall, who has both lived and studied this fascinating history.

The music in this podcast is essentially atmospheric, not the subject, as such.  But for the curious, the tunes are, in order: “Mainte,” Rajery, Ballaké Sissoko and Driss El Maloumi, 3MA Project; “Rakoto O!” Various, Madagaskar 3: Valiha; “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” Jef Gilson et Malagasy Jazz; “Jeso Hazomanga Soa,” Mada Feo, Afropop Worldwide 2014; “Honeysuckle Rose,” Fats Waller; “Nobody Knows,” Andy Razaf; “Anjoria (Adventure),” Mbola Talenta, Afropop Worldwide 2014; “Spirit of the Eyes,” Solo Razaf, 9  Pieces of Bizarre; “Salakao,” Vaovy, Angira; “Zanako,” Razia, Akory.

Also be sure to read Banning’s complete interview with Wendy Wilson-Fall.

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  • mesagoat

    dear Wendy Wilson-Fall, amazing story. Afropop never falls to inspire. where else do you find this kind of info? nowhere. I grew up in south central Pennsylvania (lotsa’ Underground Railroad history!) and was blown away by this connection to Frederick, MD. my congrats. please get back to me, would love to find out more on how you picked up on this project! sincerely, Toby