Africa Is A Country: Chief Boima

Africa Is a Country Radio, the audio accompaniment to the website of the same name, is a monthly deep dive into the music and cultural politics of the African continent and beyond. Hosted by Chief Boima, the show features a mix of music and interviews with musicians, historians, journalists, and more.

Considering the longtime domination by East African athletes in the field of distance running, and continuing our theme of sports and music, we're taking look at Athletics from a historical musical perspective. In this episode, we choose one song from the year each African country (who has one) won their first Olympic medal either on the track or in the field.

Mooski - Track Star [Wealthy 4 Life ent, Universal]

Duke Ellington - Caravan [Universal]

Samy El Maghribi - Saadet Elqalb Elhani

Mulatu Astatke Quartet - Maskaram Setaba [Addis Ababa Records, 1966]

Saber Rebai - Sidi Mansour [Watary]

Daudi Kabaka - Harambee Harambee [Tamasha]

Les Maitres-Tambours Du Burundi - Offrande [Arion]

Christopher Sebadduka - Mbyogedde [???, 1970s]

Tsehaytu Beraki - Iley Li Habelmalet [Self-Released]

4 Mars - Dhulka Hooyo (Motherland) [Ostinato Records]

Mbaraka Mwinshehe - Shida Pt 1 & 2

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists - Gboro Mi Ro

Alpha Blondy - Cocody Rock [Test / Wagram]

Youssou N’Dour - Pitche Mi [Earthworks]

Khaled - Didi (Dmitri’s Garage Mix) [Barclay, 1992]

Himba Boi - Siwelewele feat. People’s Choice, Adora & KP Illest [H-Boi Records, 2021]

Arthur - Oyi Oyi [999 Music / Sony]

Wazimbo & Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Mozambique - Sapateiro [Piranha / Womex


Serenje Kalindula Band - Elo Ya Lila [Zambia Music Copyright Protection [Folk] Society]

Petit Pays - Sans Toi [MPS]

Emmanuel Jal - Warchild [Sonic360]

Skeat - Dumelang [Akwaaba Music]

Usain Bolt & Busy Signal - World Is My Playground [A-Team Lifestyle]

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