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Welcome to Malian Voices, an African Voices Podcast special that highlights the lives and stories of Malian nationals living in Chicago. In this special, we talk to Ousmane Drame, Imam of Masjid Al-Farooq located in the city’s South Side, who speaks on the current crisis in Mali. We also speak to Bukie Adekoje, UAO’s Research and Policy Associate, who speaks on UAO’s efforts to get Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Malians, and how to get involved through advocacy work. At the end of the special, we highlight upcoming events in the Chicagoland area.
On Saturday, 14 January, 2:00pm-3:00pm, UAO’s Executive Director Alie Kabba will focus his WVON AM1690 radio show, Africa Speaks, on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). During the show, Dr. Kabba will be on the line with Maurice Carney from Friends of the Congo. Friends of the Congo is an organization based in Washington DC that raises consciousness around the challenge of the Congo as supports Congolese institution as they try to bring about peaceful change. More details:
Alie Kabba hosts a monthly show on Chicago’s WVON, AM1690. The radio station provides an interactive forum for the African American community to discuss current, social, economic, and political issues. Africa Speaks will feature discussion on issues affecting the African continent.
Don’t forget to tune in Saturday, January 14 at 2:00pm (CST) as we focus on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can listen live onwww.wvon.com, and call-in during the show with your comments or questions.
Their music has often been associated with the Tuareg rebelion. In fact, they fought during many years in the southern Sahara for the rights of the Tuareg people. But now, the Malian band, who was born in 1982 in exile, in Algeria to be more specific, has changed the machine gun into the guitar and harmonic voices. Their musical creations call for political awakening and consciousness while dealing with exile issues, repression, and political claims. They mix with verve traditional and modern tones, traditional tones which are symbolized by the drums and modern tones which are symbolized by the electric guitar. Tinariwen toured Chicago recently to celebrate the release of their new album. United African Organization’s Cheikh Diop was there to interview them in French. The translation of this interview is available below. Click ‘Continue Reading’ to read the English transcript.
United African Organization’s third African Voices Podcast is here! In the December episode:
News and events from the African community in Illinois this month.
Information about the UAO’s free ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.
Feature on Liberia and Sierra Leone: Interviews with authors Jonny Steinberg from South Africa (Little Liberia) and Bobby Gboyor from Sierra Leone (Clouds of a Ghoulish War). Full versions of the interviews will be available soon.
Music from the new album Tassili by Malian band Tinariwen, who played in Chicago recently. Look out for next week’s Special Holiday Edition of African Voices Podcast, featuring an interview with Tinariwen and more of their music.
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You can now watch the UAO’s interview with Rachel Wassira of the Tanzanian Community Association of the Midwest. UAO Executive Director Alie Kabba interviewed Wassira on CANTV last night. They spoke about the Tanzanian independence struggle, Julius Nyere, and Tanzanians in the United States. The Tanzanian Community Association is hosting a celebration in Chicago on Saturday to mark Tanzania’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. Scroll down below the video to see details of the celebration.
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