Africa Is a Country Radio with Chief Boima: Cape Town

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 Sierra Leonean-American music producer, DJ, writer, and cultural activist Chief Boima, who is also the managing editor of Africa Is a Country, co-founder of Kondi Band and the founder of the INTL BLK record label. The show features a mix of music and interviews with musicians, historians, journalists, and more.

The theme for this season’s Africa Is a Country Radio is port cities. In previous episodes we’ve explored the idea of the Black Atlantic and the Black Indian Ocean, and now we visit a city with a unique history that sits at a nexus between those two worlds, Cape Town, South Africa. We listen to the city’s beginnings as a refuelling station for the Dutch East India company in the 17th century, through the colonial and apartheid regimes, and up to its role as a 21st century cultural hub.

Mowbray Masjid - Al Ahly Dikhr Ja’ama [YouTube]

Youngsta CPT - YVR [Self-release]

The Marines - Hoor Matroosies, Hoor [Trio Records]

Barry Van Zyl and the Bo Kaap Collective - Nuwe jaar (New Year) [Arc]

Central Malay Choir - Daar Kom Die Alibama [Gallo]

Amampondo - Sibuylele 915 [Gallo]

Abdullah Ibrahim - Tuang Guru (feat. Ekaya) [Gear Box]

Winston Mankunku Ngozi - Yakhal’ Inkomo [Gallo]

Satima Bea Benjamin - Africa [Gallo / Matsuli]

Sankomota - House on Fire [Shifty Records]

The Genuines - Die Struggle [Shifty Records]

Prophets of Da City - Neva Again ('95 Remix) [Nation Records]

TKzee - Shibobo [BMG Africa]

Youngsta CPT - Wes Kaap [Y?Gen Ent]

Dee Koala - Nkqo Nkqo (feat. Moonchild Sanelly) [Self-release]

Dope Saint Jude - Go High Go Low [Self-release]

Christian Tiger School - SABC 2 [Bombaada]

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