On the programme this week: remembering African’s great writer, Chinua Achebe; and the beat of rebellion: African music of protest and politics.
Here in Ireland we have a long tradition of song and music as political statement, ballads of sedition and rebellion, music as defiance, song as a repository of unofficial history. Something similar has long been the case in many parts of Africa, and we’ll be looking at – or listening to - some of the music that was at the heart of rebellion in South Africa.
With World Music expert Nigel Wood we look at the music of protest and political statement, particularly the music inspired by the late Nelson Mandela and the long struggle for his freedom from imprisonment.
We discuss the great writer Chinua Achebe and his novel “Things Fall Apart”, with Dr Melanie Otto, lecturer in English at Trinity College Dublin, and Dublin-based Nigerian-born Emeka Chukwureh.
We hear the voice of Chinua Achebe, and that of another acclaimed Nigerian writer Chinamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of “Half of a Yellow Sun.”
Arts Tonight is produced by Aileen O’Meara for Digital Audio Productions.