See the Video, Hear the Episodes: Reviewing Rhode 2 Africa Year One

Posted on June 28, 2010


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R2A, Episode 4

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode to Africa was a Concert Series and Interview Series about Africans in RI and New England. The Rhode to Africa Interview Series was an audio project produced by, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Inc., and Beatbox Studio.  Each episode in the series documented roundtable conversations with RI and MA musicians and community leaders speaking on a number of topics, including: Liberia, Senegal, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Gambia and America; culture and identity; education, music, and language.  The thirty minute episodes aired on WRIU in Kingston, RI and they were released as podcasts on and iTunes (search “Rhode to Africa” or “” in the iTunes store). The project was funded and supported by RI Foundation, RI Council for the Humanities, The Van Leesten Group, The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Firehouse no. 13, WRIU, and numerous other RI businesses and organizations.


Episode 1
The first episode features Sata Jallah, aka Lady DUBB, and Jonathan Mahone, aka J-Bro – two Providence, RI-based musicians; and Emmanuel Paulus of the Liberian Community Association of RI. Music on the podcast was provided by Lady DUBB.

Episode 2
In episode two, we hear from Mary Smith and Harold Omisore of Oasis International; Jean Phillipe Barros, a City Council Candidate in Pawtucket; and Olivier Varela – aka Mr. Loverman from WRIU 90.3 FM’s Cape Verdean Afro-beat show. Music by Afrika Rainbow

Episode 3
The third episode features singer songwriter, Michelle Cruz; musician and DJ Aarin Clemons, aka Abstract Soul; and Brown University alumnus and Founding President of Heritage Revival Projects, M. Lamin Sarr. Music by Cruz.

Episode 4
The fourth and final episode features the Mayor of East Providence, RI, Dr. Isadore Ramos; Donald King of The Providence Black Repertory Company and Brown University; and several members of the band Afrika Rainbow – a group specializing in African and Caribbean Rhythms. Music by Riders Against the Storm.

Special Bonus Episode
The bonus episode, “A Conversation with the Producers,” features Risa Gilpin of Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH); hip hop recording artist, promoter and Pawtucket community advocate Charles “Chachi” Carvalho; Michael Van Leesten, chair of Mount Hope Neighborhood Association (MHNA) and chair of Providence Black Repertory Company; and Raymond Watson, MHNA Executive Director and Rhode Island Young Professionals President. Music by Spoken Word Poet and Hip Hop Emcee, Kalyana Champlain; Spoken Word Poet, Yunus Quddus; and Hip Hop Emcee, Chachi Carvalho.


The Rhode 2 Africa Video
Did you experience Rhode to Africa? The music, the conversations, the community? From the Interview Series to the Cape Verdean Jazz Reception, celebrate it all one more time: The Rhode 2 Africa Video. It was produced by, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, and Bashment Sounds, with help from City Beat TV producer Tony Bass, Beatbox Studio in Pawtucket, the Providence Black Repertory Company, and many others.


Rhode to Africa on iTunes
Like your other favorite radio and television programs, The Rhode to Africa Interview Series AND The Rhode 2 Africa Video are available on iTunes. To access, select and hear (or view) each episode or to subscribe to and save each show to your computer or mp3 player, search Rhode to Africa in the iTunes Store, or click here.

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