Here’s a link to an excellent  background story from “the Beeb” on legendary Congolese musician Papa Wemba’s central  role in the African music and culture scenes through six decades. I was not aware that he led the Sape movement, which has gotten some recent popular attention in the media over the last few years. He became […]

UF Biodiversity Institute Graduate Student Fellowships, 2016-17 Call for applications These 9-month Fellowships are geared toward mid-PhD students whose dissertation projects could particularly benefit from interdisciplinary opportunities with faculty, post-docs, and students outside their departments or programs. The UFBI also anticipates funding Summer Fellowships, beginning Summer, 2017; further information about this program will be available […]

Hans Zell’s “Indigenous publishing in Africa – the need for research, documentation, and collaboration” is available as a pre-print at Academia.edu. This contribution to the collection, Coming of Age. Strides in African Publishing. Essays in Honour of Dr. Henry Chakava @ 70, is to be published by East African Educational Publishers Ltd, Nairobi, later this month. The book will […]

Joshua Hammer’s The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts (2016 Simon & Schuster) is reviewed by Tom Glenn in the Washington Independent Review of Books: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu provides irrefutable evidence that culture and learning in Africa were far more advanced than in Europe by the 16th century when Timbuktu flourished as […]

A recent NEH award of $260,000 to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor supports the digitization and online access to an archive of African popular music dating from the 1960s to the 1980s. It includes about 7,500 hours of audio recordings, program scripts and field notes. The materials were collected and created by Leo Sarkisian for the Voice of […]

The Editorial team of the African Conservation Telegraph (ACT), newsletter of the African section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is delighted to announce readers from all over the world can submit entries for the next issue of ACT. The theme for next month’s issue is “One Health in Africa”, a reflection concerning terrestrial […]

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