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Today’s Beat in Burkina Faso

Posted June 28th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)

Since June 10th, I’ve been exploring contemporary music from Burkina Faso.  Vocalist/lyricist Mai Lingani is a dynamite artist and performer and I’ve been following her since 2005 when we performed together at Floyd Fest, an annual world music festival that takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia.  We performed together again in […]

Tinariwen Rocks Washington D.C.

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 4:12 pm (UTC-5)

Thursday night, the group from northern Mali delivered a beautiful performance in Washington D.C. The opening band — an amateur, quirky singer/songwriter American duo from New York City — did little to set the musical mood  for the Tuareg headliners. When the heavy, velvet curtains finally did open, it revealed a row of  musicians holding guitars. […]

Posted in Mali

Northern Mali Comes to Washington, D.C.

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 5:12 pm (UTC-5)

Tinariwen, the phenomenal guitar-based Tuareg group, will play for us here at the Howard Theater in downtown DC.  The group won a Grammy Award in February 2012 for Best World Music Album. Get ready for an exciting report on the show coming up early next week. In the meantime, here is a video segment of […]

Posted in Ghana, Mali, Uncategorized

Welcome to the New African Music Treasures

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 4:08 pm (UTC-5)

In case you haven’t noticed, the VOA radio show, Music Time in Africa, and this companion blog has a new face; and it’s me!  So let me begin this new chapter in the history of VOA’s longest running show to introduce myself. I’m Heather Maxwell and am delighted to be taking up the reigns from […]



Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award-winning radio program “Music Time in Africa” and is the African Music Editor for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with Doctorate and Master’s degrees from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987.

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