Take a trip with me to Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Gabon. This week we hear from musicians who have all traveled beyond their native shores. Meet the Ethiopian Elvis who moved to the USA, the chart-topping Egyptian who spoke five languages and drove a Chevrolet station wagon, and the Eritrean who was exiled in Holland.
1 – Bob Azzam – Habibi Rock (Disques Festival)
2 – Hijas del Sol – Experiencia (Satélite Producciones)
3 – Tewolde Redda – Hidri (Domino Sound)
4 – Alemayehu Eshete & The Polyversal Souls - Feqer Feqer Nèw (Philophon)
5 – Pierre Akendengue – Ibembe (NTYE NT)
Lockdown here in London has had its challenges and I've been blessed with a fairly carefree life for the past month or so. Although I have missed my nights sketching in the clubs and nightspots of the capital I've used my time to research my first ever radio programme. Every evening I'm been trying to track down vinyl, records and shellac from Africa, and nearly every day a new package is brought by the postman. I've now managed to find a record from each African country and brought these together in eleven 20 minute programmes on SOAS radio.