African Voices: Episode 3

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.

If you would like to contribute news, events, issues, interviews or music to our podcast, email us: podcasts@uniteafricans.org or call: (312) 949 9980 between 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

Click the link below to see the full details of news, events and music featured on the podcast.

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African Voices Video: Tanzania’s 50th year of independence

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.

The Tanzanian Community Association of the Midwest is hosting an event to celebrate Tanzanian independence:

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2011

Time: 6:00pm

Venue: 567 W. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016

There will be Tanzanian food, music, dance and a fashion-show. For more information or to get tickets, Call (773) 474-4225, (630) 303-1478, (773) 593-7881 or (773) 507-7277.

African Voices Video: UAO interviews Yussuf Ali on Somalians in Chicago & Somalia crisis

The African Voices website will be featuring video interviews that the United African Organization has conducted with members of the African community in Chicago. These interviews took place over the course of the last year on CANTV (Channel 21 on Cable).

This week we feature an interview conducted by the UAO’s Executive Director, Dr. Alie Kabba with Mr. Yussuf Ali, Director of the East African Community Center in Chicago. Mr. Ali is from Somalia and speaks about the experiences of Somalians in the U.S. as well as the situation in the horn of Africa more broadly.

Tune into CANTV tonight at 6:30pm U.S. Central Time to see an interview with the Tanzanian Community Association of the Midwest. Tanzania celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence on Friday 9 December, 2011!

World Aids Day Edition: African Voices Podcast

To mark World Aids Day, we interviewed Jonny Steinberg, author of Sizwe’s Test, which tells a story of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa through the eyes of Sizwe, a young man living in a rural part of South Africa, where the virus has decimated his community. South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world – the prevalence rate is near 18%. In this interview, Steinberg talks about what can be done to combat the virus in Southern Africa and beyond. He also discusses the role that regional coalitions on the African continent can play in making sure preventative measures against the virus are put in place, and those already infected, can live a decent life.

 

African Voices: Thanksgiving Edition with South African musician Nomsa Mazwai

Nomsa Mazwai's album, Nomisupasta

Nomsa Mazwai's album, Nomisupasta

In this special Thanksgiving edition of the African Voices Podcast, we bring you an interview with South African musician Nomsa Mazwai. For this episode, African Voices teamed up with En’kay Boateng from Legend Talk Radio to interview Nomsa and play some of her music. Nomsa won Best Alternative African Music at the South African Music Awards in 2011. She is currently based in New York, where she is studying Economics and making music at the same time.

Download Nomsa Mazwai’s music on Bandcamp. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

In the interview, Nomsa talks about how her study of Economics has helped to make her think critically about the world, and how this critical thinking permeates her music. In addition love songs, her music includes a great deal of social and political commentary about South Africa, Africa as a whole and also the relationship between African countries, the United States and Globalization. Nomsa also talks about our responsibility as Africans in the U.S. to use our skills to give back to our countries of origin. Scroll to the end of the podcast to hear Nomsa read her poem on Globalization, exclusively for African Voices and Legend Talk Radio.

So this Thanksgiving, sit back, relax and listen to the sounds of one of South Africa’s rising music stars…

African Voices: Special Edition on Nigeria and multi-nationals in Africa

We are releasing a special edition of the African Voices podcast, featuring a longer version of our interview with Anslem John-Miller, from Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). An abridged version of this interview is available in Episode 2 of African Voices. The release of this podcast coincides with a special day for the Ogoni people from Nigeria – November 10, 1995 – the anniversary of the death of one of their most important leaders, Ken Saro-Wiwa. We intend this episode of African Voices to raise awareness around not only the effects of Shell oil company on the Ogoni people but also to initiate discussion around the often exploitative role played by multinational companies all over Africa. We also want to generate debate on the impact these multinationals have had on the movement of immigrants and refugees from the African continent to the United States.

As in Episode 2 of African Voices, we feature snippets of music from South African musician Nomsa Mazwai.

Our interviewee, Anslem John Miller, was born in Nigeria. He is a member of MOSOP, Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People. He came to Chicago as a refugee in 1996, to escape threats to his safety. He now works in the area of HIV Aids.

UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) Report on Ogoniland, Nigeria (at request of Nigerian government)

MOSOP’s website

Listen to African Voices on your cell phone

We are collaborating with Legend Talk Radio to bring you the latest African Voices Podcast on your cell-phone! The podcast is split into two segments – Chicago African News featuring news, events, issues and the Advice Box; Africans in Chicago Oral History featuring interviews with members of the community. You can now dial this number from your phone at the times below to listen to the podcast (all times are in US Central Time)! TUNE IN:

1-832-280-0017

Schedule for African Voices Podcast
Cell-phone Schedule for African Voices Podcast

African Voices: Episode 2

United African Organization’s second African Voices Podcast is here! In the November episode:

  • News and events from the African community in Illinois this month
  • Short interview with Masankho Banda, artists and performer from Malawi
  • How to access benefits and resources with the Immigrant Family Resource Program
  • Africans in Chicago oral history interview with Anslem John-Miller, from Nigeria
  • Music from Nomsa Mazwai, South African singer who won the South African Music Award for Best Newcomer in 2011

If you would like to contribute news, events, issues, interviews or music to our podcast, email us: podcasts@uniteafricans.org or call: (312) 949 9980 between 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

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First African Voices Podcast!

We at the United African Organization are excited to bring you our first African Voices Podcast. In this episode:

  • About our African Voices podcast
  • News and events from the African community in Illinois this month
  • Community Leadership workshops, with Cheikh Diop, Community Outreach Coordinator at the United African Organization
  • Interview with Angolan immigrant Paulo Bombe, on his journey from Angola to Chicago
  • Music from Youssoupha Sidibe, Senegalese Kora-player living in California

If you would like to contribute news, events, issues, interviews or music to our podcast, email us: podcasts@uniteafricans.org or call: (312) 949 9980 between 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

Click the link below to see the full details of news, events and music featured on the podcast.

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