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  • blog June 12, 2017

    Premiere: “Sor” by Kyekyeku and Five Days No Light Off

    Eugene “Kyekyeku” Ampadu could rightfully be called the inheritor of the Ghanaian palm-wine guitar highlife tradition, since he apprenticed directly with the legendary Koo Nimo. While he continues to draw directly on the palm-wine sound for his compositions, Kyekyeku is also … Read more »

  • blog May 5, 2017

    Voices from the Niger Delta

    Our research for Hip Deep in the Niger Delta has been extensive. It would be overwhelming to post entire transcripts of all the interviews we recorded, so what follows is a series of images and interview excerpts. This post follows … Read more »

  • blog May 4, 2017

    Niger Delta Mixtape

    We’ve put together a mixtape to let you savor more of the great music that animates our program Hip Deep in the Niger Delta. It’s a mix of old Rex Lawson highlife and current day Naija pop from Rivers State, … Read more »

  • 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 »

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