Music Time in Africa
Music Time in Africa is VOA’s longest running English language program. Since 1965 this award-winning program has featured pan African music that spans all genres and generations. Host Heather Maxwell keeps you up to date on what’s happening in African music with interviews and cultural information.
22 January 2023
Turkana Sessions (Nairobi) - Music Time in Africa
21 January 2023
The Mandingo Ambassadors (Guinea) - Music Time in Africa
22 December 2022
'Dogo From Togo' Performs Live on Africa 54
VOA’s Heather Maxwell introduces music from guitarist, songwriter and band leader Massama Dogo, aka “Dogo from Togo,” who performs live in the Africa 54 studio in Washington. Massama’s recently released debut self-titled album captures the sound of Togo with festive rhythms and hypnotic voodoo melodies.
02 December 2022
Habib Koité's Bamada Debuts Latest Music At Washington Show
Multi-award winning Malian guitarist, vocalist and composer Habib Koité and his band Bamada (Mouth of the Crocodile) gave a performance in Washington D.C last month, debuting several songs off of his latest album Kharifa, and many old favorites. VOA's Heather Maxwell spoke to Koité backstage on his music and the current climate of musical expression in Mali.
18 November 2022
Wesley Louissant Comes to Washington, Talks Latest Album
Wesley Louissant, also known as Wesli, is a Montreal-based Haitian multi-instrumentalist known for showcasing the rich music traditions of Haiti within his modern, multinational dance band. Wesli was in Washington, D.C. in October to promote his latest album 'Tradisyon'. VOA's Heather Maxwell speaks with him backstage and catches some of his live performance at local D.C. venue Bossa Bistro.
11 November 2022
Nigerian Singer Yemi Alade Speaks Music, Fashion and Tour Life
Afrobeats hit-maker and multi-award winning Nigerian singer Yemi Alade speaks with Heather Maxwell in a virtual interview from Paris, France. At the debut of her 2022 world tour, Alade packed concerts at Olympia Hall in Paris and MTELUS in Montreal, Canada at the city’s annual Nuits d’Afrique Festival. Heather caught up with her in between the two concerts earlier this week.
04 November 2022
Gyedu-Blay Amobolley Talks Jazz
Bringing jazz back to Africa. That’s the goal of Gyedu-Blay Amobolley, the beloved veteran jazz/soul/funk/highlife musician, composer and bandleader from Ghana . Ambolley joins Heather Maxwell from Accra in a virtual interview to talk about his 35th album “Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and Hi-Life Jazz” released October 7th.