Monthly Archives: December 2011

African Voices Holiday Edition with Malian band Tinariwen

New album Tassili by Tinariwen

New album Tassili by Tinariwen

Their music has often been associated with the Tuareg rebelion. In fact, they fought during many years in the southern Sahara for the rights of the Tuareg people. But now, the Malian band, who was born in 1982 in exile, in Algeria to be more specific, has changed the machine gun into the guitar and harmonic voices. Their musical creations call for political awakening and consciousness while dealing with exile issues, repression, and political claims. They mix with verve traditional and modern tones, traditional tones which are symbolized by the drums and modern tones which are symbolized by the electric guitar. Tinariwen toured Chicago recently to celebrate the release of their new album. United African Organization’s Cheikh Diop was there to interview them in French. The translation of this interview is available below. Click ‘Continue Reading’ to read the English transcript.

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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: 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.