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Join Afropop’s Kickstarter Campaign to Research Music In the island of Madagascar

For 26 years, Afropop Worldwide—the award-winning weekly radio program distributed by PRI Public Radio International to over 100 stations in the US—has taken radio listeners and web fans to some of the world’s most exciting

For 26 years, Afropop Worldwide—the award-winning weekly radio program distributed by PRI Public Radio International to over 100 stations in the US—has taken radio listeners and web fans to some of the world’s most exciting cultural destinations: Egypt, both Congos, Senegal, Mali, Angola, Morocco, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Colombia…and now, Afropop is going somewhere that few music journalists ever go: Madagascar. But they need your help to make it possible.

This campaign is aimed at raising funds to support field expenses for Senior Producers Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow to work in three separate locations in Madagascar. They will do intensive research for three, hour-long radio documentaries on the past and present of Malagasy music and history. Accompanying web features will include recordings of live music, videos, interviews, photos, links and more!

Since 2004, Afropop Worldwide has produced a unique set of Hip Deep radio documentaries, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Hip Deep programs use music to explore important chapters of history, from slavery and colonialism, to diaspora communities and the rise of today’s hip hop generation. Hip Deep in Madagascar extends the reach of this ground-breaking initiative both geographically and thematically. It will also make extensive use of original fieldwork by the Afropop team, a recent emphasis in the Hip Deep program series.

Hip Deep in Madagascar follows Afropop’s two highly successful Kickstarter projects in Egypt (2011) and Ghana (2013), both of which surpassed their financial goals, and resulted in groundbreaking work. With your help, they will do it again!

Click here to visit the Afropop Hip Deep in Madagascar Kickstarter page!

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