Monday 22 April 2013

Voices across the pond

Extract from my Radio User column April 2013

The Voice of America’s Music Time in Africa programme has an option to listen online to the latest and archive episodes, as you would expect. But you can also while away an interesting hour or more at the highly readable blog associated with the programme. 

The blog (which goes back to 2007) shows how presenter Heather Maxwell is far more than a mere studio-based DJ. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987. 

The whole range of Voice of America programmes is easy to listen to, online and through podcasts, and there really is a great variety. I like the African-focused output of some of the station with other music programmes like African Music Mix. 

In addition there’s country music and even classic rock, the latter with Ed Kowalski and producer Margot Braswell every Wednesday. American Café is an entertaining weekend programme with David Byrd chewing over a discussion of new trend, or just sharing a slice of American life. 

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