Monday, June 23, 2014

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sun. June 15, 2014—Hosted By Abayomi Azikiwe
Abayomi Azikiwe is the host of the Pan-African Journal.
To listen to this broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, just click on the website below:

June is Black Music Month and this is always special over the Pan-African Journal.  The commemoration goes back to 1979 with the formation of the Black Music Association (BMA).

During the height of the African liberation struggles on the continent and in the United States, music took on new aspects that reflected the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the masses of people. From Africa, through the Caribbean, North America, South America and Europe, there was a burst of creative fervor that lasted for decades throughout the 20th century.

Of course the ruling class recognized the inseparable link between culture, politics and revolution. More attention was directed towards undermining the framework of identity which marked the African Personality and its viability as a force for social change and transformation.

Our guest in the second hour of this program, Norman Otis Richmond of Toronto, was on the ground level during the formation of the BMA. The organization not only promoted the best of African music from around the globe but also played a role in the cultural boycott which was an important weapon in the arsenal of the national liberation movements in Southern Africa.

We discuss with Richmond the current state of Black Music along with radio and newsprint. He is active in all arenas and provides insights into present and prospects for the future.

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