Under the Hood: Askew & Conway

Please join StudioCHI for the next installment of Under the Hood – a signature series that provides faculty and staff opportunities to meet with our guest speakers in an informal setting to discuss recent digital projects and works in progress. For this session, we are pleased to welcome Kelly M. Askew (Professor of Anthropology & Afroamerican/African Studies), and Paul Conway (Associate Professor of Information), who will give us a look under the hood of their NEH-funded project, “Ethical Access to Music Time in Africa.” As described on the project website:

Music Time in Africa is the oldest and longest running English-language radio program broadcast to the African continent by the Voice of America. Ethnomusicologist Leo Sarkisian created the weekly program in the early 1960s. Leo recorded hundreds of hours of original field recordings in at least 38 newly decolonized African nations and utilized selections from these and other regional recordings as the raw material for weekly 30-minute broadcasts. He scripted the broadcasts – based on his first-hand knowledge of musical genres and cultures of the African continent – which were then performed by a series of popular announcers.

Music Time in Africa radio programs have never been heard since the original broadcasts or beyond the deep and wide listener base in Africa, so opening the program and its underlying live field recordings will be a revelation about cross-cultural musical heritage. The purpose of “Ethical Access to Music Time in Africa” is to provide online access to US audiences and the wider world to the radio programs from 1965 to 1989, along with a wide selection of Leo’s original field recordings and the associated scripts that anchor the music in its cultural context.


Friday, February 23 at 10:00am to 11:30am

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