Links this week: Ethiopia’s new female president, #BecauseWeBleed protests in South Africa, and more

In this week’s episode, we featured a chat with Jennifer Kyker on the mbira, gender, and music from Zimbabwe’s liberation movement. Much of the conversation referred to her 2014 article, “Learning in Secret: Entanglements between Gender and Age in Women’s Experiences with the Zimbabwean Mbira Dzavadzimu.” Somehow, we didn’t get a chance to talk about her excellent book, Oliver Mtukudzi: Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe, published by Indiana University Press.

At the end of the episode, we asked for a music (in lieu of a book) recommendation and Jennifer Kyker told us about an artist who came to be known through songs he wrote during Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle: Comrade Chinx, aka Dickson Chingaira; Kyker specifically pointed our listeners to his “Nzira Dzemasoja” (which she translated to as “the path of soldiers”, and based in Mao’s principles of moral military combat): … More Links this week: Ethiopia’s new female president, #BecauseWeBleed protests in South Africa, and more

Links this week: Elections in the U.S. and Somaliland

In this week’s episode with Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi, we talked about his book Unbounded, which is available in Kenya through his website and in the United States through Amazon. Mwangi will donate a book to a school for every book purchased in Kenya. During our conversation, he shared that he is currently reading Mao Zedong, and recommended the late … More Links this week: Elections in the U.S. and Somaliland

Ep30. A conversation with filmmaker Christiane Badgley about Guangzhou Dream Factory

After an unplanned break, the podcast returns this week, highlighting a new film: Guangzhou Dream Factory. In a conversation with filmmaker Christiane Badgley (@pipelinedreams), we talk about African migrants in China and the missed opportunities in these entrepreneurs’ home countries. Much of Badgley’s earlier work is set in Africa. In recent years, she has focused her attention on the extractive industries and controversial U.S. investments in West and Central Africa, writing and producing film and new media work for multiple broadcast and online outlets. Guangzhou Dream Factory is Badgley’s latest documentary (with producing partner, Erica Marcus), and was made with funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities and The National Endowment for the Arts. Our conversation begins at 4:59. … More Ep30. A conversation with filmmaker Christiane Badgley about Guangzhou Dream Factory

Links this week: Tanzania expulsion of UNDP official, anti-malaria vaccine, podcast and book recs, and more

Kenyan Mary Keitany broke the women’s world record for the marathon earlier this week at the London Marathon. Fellow Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race. Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa finished 12th, and crossed the finish line with his arms crossed overhead, a symbol of protest in solidarity with the Oromo Protests in Ethiopia. … More Links this week: Tanzania expulsion of UNDP official, anti-malaria vaccine, podcast and book recs, and more