Friday, August 01, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Listen to music from Niger, Mali, Senegal and Uganda on this New Sounds program. Hear selections from “Delicious Peace,” a new collection of songs by the Peace Kawomera (“Delicious Peace”) interfaith fair trade coffee farmers from Uganda. The songs, each sung in the regional language, are about the economic benefits of growing coffee, to the importance of peace among different regions, encouraging neighbors to join the cooperative and teaching methods for producing higher quality coffee. Rather than being harvest songs, these are performed at community gatherings, at meetings of the cooperative, and at wedding receptions of members.
Friday, July 18, 2014
There's music from the expected places, like Brooklyn's Andy Statman, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, and some from very unexpected places. Hear Cuban-Jewish music from Roberto Rodriguez, and a DJ collaboration from Socalled, along with some Afrobeat-meets-Jewish Nigerian style arrangements of Jewish wordless songs of praise from Zion80.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Journalist Matt Power died on March 10, 2014 while assignment in Uganda. Much has been written over the past week about Matt Power’s wonderful writing. Early on in his career, Matt made radio and we here at WNYC Radio were lucky to work with him.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Also on Today's Show: What role should international institutions play in helping Ukraine's troubled economy amid the political upheaval? ... A look at how congress might respond to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's proposal to reduce troop numbers to pre-World War II levels ... Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that would further criminalize homosexuality. Will this harsh legislation jeopardize U.S.-Uganda relations?
Real People / Best Pictures: 'Dallas Buyers Club' and the AIDS Crisis | The Shrinking U.S. Military | The Dangerous Side of Fraternities
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Shrinking U.S. Military | Going Greek: An Inside Look at Fraternities | Ukraine's Troubled Economy Remains Uncertain in Political Upheaval | How Will Congress Respond to Reducing Troop Numbers? | Uganda's Anti-Gay Rights Bill Threatens U.S.-Uganda Relations | Real People / Best Pictures: 'Dallas Buyers Club' and the AIDS ...
Friday, April 05, 2013
Listen to music from Niger, Mali, Senegal and Uganda on this New Sounds program. Hear selections from “Delicious Peace,” a new collection of songs by the Peace Kawomera (“Delicious Peace”) interfaith fair trade coffee farmers from Uganda. The songs, each sung in the regional language, are about the economic benefits of growing coffee, to the importance of peace among different regions, encouraging neighbors to join the cooperative and teaching methods for producing higher quality coffee. Rather than being harvest songs, these are performed at community gatherings, at meetings of the cooperative, and at wedding receptions of members. Enjoy “Get Up and Grow Coffee!” as a free download on our blog.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
For this New Sounds, hear arrangements of Jewish wordless songs of praise from around the world. There’s Nigerian style Afrobeat, trancey jazz, Afro-cuban dance music, a DJ collaboration, and music from the Jewish people of Uganda. A Fela Kuti-style band, led by guitarist Jon Madof does up the prayers that Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach set to music, and takes as its name “Zion80,” a nod to Fela’s “Nigeria 70/Africa 70.”
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
There's more cool stuff to share from the impatient staff of New Sounds, with a free Download! Listen to exciting and unexpected combinations of Afrobeat and Jewish Cantorial music by Jon Madof and Zion80, along with field recordings of Ugandan coffee workers, some abrasive electronica by composer Dan Friel, and a "Dad-joke" song by Verity Susman. Turns out that the staff hasn't been able to hoard all the good stuff for long. Our host, John Schaefer, has included the Jon Madof and Zion80 in Thursday night's show and is going to make the "Delicious Peace" record part of Friday night's program.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Cevin Soling and David Hilbert, co-directors and creators of the award-winning non-fiction film “Ikland,” talk about the Ik tribe of Northern Uganda, once called the worst and most depraved beings on Earth. In 2006, Soling set out with a team of filmmakers to find and film the tribe in Uganda, and discovered that they were actually a community of compassionate people. “Ikland” is playing at the Quad Cinema.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As part of the recent PEN World Voices Festival, Polish journalist and author Wojciech Jagielski was interviewed by Joel Whitney, a founding editor of Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics. Listen to the talk between Jagielski and Whitney.
Monday, April 30, 2012
In March, Joseph Kony jumped into the national spotlight when a YouTube video about his Christian militia, the Lord’s Resistance Army, went viral. Six months earlier, however, American troops were quietly deployed to northern Uganda to fight the LRA. Dan Damon, host of the BBC’s World Update reports on the difficulties facing US Africa Command (AFRICOM) in their hunt for Kony.
Friday, April 27, 2012
A group of Ugandan journalists has released their own online response to Kony 2012. Their aim is to recapture the narrative established by Invisible Children. Bob speaks to contributor Rosebell Kagumire who says the group is focusing more on Ugandans recovering from the war then on the search for Joseph Kony.
Friday, March 16, 2012
The internet film KONY 2012, which calls for the capture of Joseph Kony - the fugitive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, has received tens of millions views on YouTube. Reaching an incredible number of people has brought the film, and the organization that produced it, under criticism however. Brooke speaks with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof who says that despite some faults, the film might help bring about change.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Milton Allimadi, publisher of Black Star News, and Rosebell Kagumire, Ugandan journalist and editor at Channel 16, which reports on humanitarian conflict, discuss the hyper-viral video and its complicated implications.
A Kony 2012 Reading List: The Atlantic: The Soft Bigotry of Kony2012 | Invisible Children: Response to Criticism | BoingBoing: African Voices Respond | Christian Science Monitor: It's Fine to Watch Kony 2012 but Learn to Respect Africans | ThinkProgress: A Partial Defense of Kony 2012 | Black Star News: 10 Questions for Invisible Children | Africa is a Country: The #Kony2012 Show | Foreign Policy: Joseph Kony is Not Uganda
Thursday, March 08, 2012
An American NGO called Invisible Children has made a video that tells the story of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, who was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in 2005 but remains at large. Since the video was released on Tuesday, the video has been viewed over 30 million times.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Earlier this month President Obama deployed 100 U.S. troops to Uganda in an advisory role to aid the fight against the Lords Resistance Army. Nate Haken, who works on conflict assessment issues in Uganda, and Patricia Taft, who served an adviser to the government of Uganda on war crimes prosecution and its case against the LRA, look at why this action was taken and the controversy surrounding it. Haken and Taft both work for The Fund for Peace.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
U.S. troops were quietly deployed to northern Uganda last Wednesday to help fight the Lord's Resistance Army, a Christian militia responsible for more than 30,000 deaths and countless rapes and kidnappings in Uganda, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and southern Sudan over the past ten years. While the troops are combat ready, their official purpose it to advise the Ugandan military. The real U.S. interests in the region are more complex, however. Once the U.S. has established a military presence in the region, it will be well-positioned to take on a enemy that poses more of a direct potential threat to Americans — al-Qaida in Africa.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Hear from several different artists who made their way through Africa on this New Sounds. We'll hear music from Bela Fleck, who made his way through Mali to record with Toumani Diabate, and a group from Uganda that was recorded in a cooking hut. Also, listen to Roswell Rudd, who works with the Gangbe Brass Band of Benin on his latest, "Trombone Tribe." Plus, music by the Kenyan band Extra Golden, and their thanks to Obama, along with something from the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, who bring the Central African guitar pop. Plus, music by Paul Simon, from his ground-breaking "Graceland."