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  • feature May 4, 2017

    Mark LeVine On the Niger Delta and More

    Mark LeVine is a professor of history at University of California, Irvine, and Lund University in Sweden. He’s a specialist on the Middle East and North Africa and the author of the farsighted 2008 book, Heavy Metal Islam, which previewed … Read more »

  • hip-deep May 4, 2017

    Hip Deep In the Niger Delta

    The massive Niger River Delta is a fantastically rich cultural region and ecosystem. Unfortunately, it has been laid low by the brutal Biafran War (1967-70) and by decades of destructive and mismanaged oil exploration. This program offers a portrait of … Read more »

  • closeups February 28, 2017

    Fees Must Fall: A Voice of Change in South Africa

    We meet 21-year-old Gigi Lamayne of South Africa, a singer/rapper who finds herself at the center of her country’s most important debate and social movement in decades: the #FeesMustFall movement. The day she graduated from university, Gigi dropped a protest … Read more »

  • blog February 19, 2017

    Dispatch From Nigeria #5: Port Harcourt–Biafra and Oil

    Banning Eyre is currently in Nigeria, researching the vibrant music scene for Afropop Worldwide’s Hip Deep series. Here’s the latest field report. PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, Feb. 20—We’ve just wrapped a week in Port Harcourt, the largest city in the Niger … Read more »

  • blog February 10, 2017

    Dispatch From Nigeria #4: Kano’s Nanaye and Hausa Hip-Hop

    Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow are currently in Nigeria, researching the vibrant music scene forAfropop Worldwide‘s Hip Deep series. Here’s their latest field report. KANO, Nigeria, Feb. 9–Our next stop is Kano, in the mostly Muslim northwest of Nigeria. It’s … Read more »

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