On Saturday, 14 January, 2:00pm-3:00pm, UAO’s Executive Director Alie Kabba will focus his WVON AM1690 radio show, Africa Speaks, on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). During the show, Dr. Kabba will be on the line with Maurice Carney from Friends of the Congo. Friends of the Congo is an organization based in Washington DC that raises consciousness around the challenge of the Congo as supports Congolese institution as they try to bring about peaceful change. More details:
Alie Kabba hosts a monthly show on Chicago’s WVON, AM1690. The radio station provides an interactive forum for the African American community to discuss current, social, economic, and political issues. Africa Speaks will feature discussion on issues affecting the African continent.
Don’t forget to tune in Saturday, January 14 at 2:00pm (CST) as we focus on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can listen live onwww.wvon.com, and call-in during the show with your comments or questions.
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.
African Voices is the official podcast of the United African Organization, a coalition of African national associations that promotes social and economic justice, civic participation and empowerment of African immigrants and refugees in Illinois. On this podcast, we will air:
- News, events and issues from the African community in Illinois.
- Advice on critical issues such as citizenship seminars and social benefits.
- Interviews with activists in the African Community and excerpts from our Africans in Chicago Oral History Project.
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